Consider this not so much a review as a thumb’s up: get ye a copy of The Forgotten Ones.
The overall concept of this book is, for lack of time to give a better explanation, a photographic project of a small, low-income section of Buffalo, New York. I have no particular affinity for the people or the place, but I found it quite compelling.
First among this is the photographer: while no longer spry at 90, he’s still active. And he lets people be themselves – this comes out in the work. It’s a relaxed approach, and one that leaves plenty of mystery and conjecture in the portraits, which is doubtlessly why I like it.
However, the latter half of the book, “Quartets” stands out among my many other photobooks that I’m slowly collecting. Individuals, shown over four decades, with their interviews and a bit of a history to them. Some are sad, some are uplifting. All make me think.
Definitely thumbs up on this one on a personal level.
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