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Jim Goldberg: Open See Paperback – July 31, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl & Partners; 1 edition (July 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865218261
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865218261
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a survey of photography book experts by the Photo-Eye bookstore, many respondents named this one of the best photobooks of 2009 (behind Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, Expanded Edition and Greater Atlanta by Mark Steinmetz). So, having been impressed by Goldberg's earlier books Rich and Poor (1985) and Raised by Wolves (1995), I decided to take a look at Open See.

It consists of a set of four paperback books in a cardboard sleeve. All the books are 8.5 inches high and 10 inches wide. All are crammed with photos related to refugees, immigrants, and human trafficking. The photos vary in size and technique (e.g., in book 1 there is a two-page spread with 42 black-and-white and color "snapshots" each about 2"x1.5", but another two-page spread has a single 8.5"x20" color photo probably shot with a professional camera on a tripod). Some of the photos have handwriting on them by the subjects of the photos. Here's a brief description of each book:

-Book 1 has 36 pages. Its cover has a red felt-tip pen "X" at the upper right of a photo of a tunnel for vehicles. The people depicted inside are white (based on the acknowledgments in Book 4, they were in the Ukraine). Most of the handwriting is in Cyrillic script, except for "MY LIFE IS SICK BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DID TO ME." The book ends with three black pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mustard on February 8, 2010
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Out of a glittering sea walks a man and his goat ... and so begins the highly emotive photographic journey of Jim Goldberg as he moves through Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and South Asia in his latest spellbinding book, Open See.

Proceeding with turbulence, we encounter the dispossessed revealing their souls; writing on photos in languages and script both enigmatic and intriguing, facing us, telling of a world dark yet not so distant. Victims of hardscrabble economies, human cruelty, war, migration, disease, disdain and kismet, they allow us to come close, beckon us with their stories. The gravity of the photos pulls us in.

Goldberg's art and profoundly humane photographs examine human endurance, nomadic flight, hope, dreams and courage. His subjects have a voice and are heard. With its hauntingly beautiful landscapes, unusual design and uniquely embellished portraits, OPEN SEE is daring and visionary.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mvjim on October 7, 2009
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Adds a new level of understanding to documentary photography. Its a deeply felt and truthful look into this world. Design and layout are exceptional and only enhance the story.
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By Visione Photo on November 30, 2014
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The Best Book!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Rosen on August 20, 2009
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Open See is actually a collection of 4 paperback books housed in a thin cardboard slipcase. Three of the books are fairly thin at around 30 pages each, and the fourth is around 110 pages. The 'book' centers on the theme of refugees. The three thin books each focus on an indivudal country while the fourth is more general in terms of locations. There are a mixture of full page photographs, small polaroids that are shown as they were taped within a notebook or journal, and some of those notebook photos have handwriting on them. There is a mixture of black & white and color images. The overall effect is a little jarring, I'm not sure if I would have liked it more if it were all journal style presentation or all straight/full page imagery like a traditional photo book. Mixed review, I think it will depend on how much interest you have in the subject matter and what sort of presentation you like.
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