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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226248526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226248523
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.9 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,554,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fielding's human exploration of vision, perspective and vitality are captured by his acute detail to light and shadow, surface, and design, where documentary-style street photography meets portraiture."

(Jen Hazen The Chicagoist)

"[Fielding's] images, silver gelatin prints, are beautifully and simply composed, often shot in bare courtyards and on plain backdrops, and many have a hauting feel to them. Blind children are an unusual subject to photograph, and the images that result are faintly worrying, often almost surreal, but also highly expressive."
(Robert Keeley Australian Photography 2010-01-01)

"Fielding's work achieves what only great art, and particularly great portraiture can: it launches and then complicates a process of identification across the barriers that separate us from each other. . . . This is a monograph of uncommon significance by an important American photographer."
(Photography Collector)

About the Author

Jed Fielding is an award-winning photographer who studied with Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design, then earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has photographed extensively in Peru, Greece, Egypt, Spain, the United States, and Italy and has been photographing in Mexico for more than thirty years. Fielding’s photographs have been widely exhibited and are represented in numerous private and public collections. His first book, City of Secrets: Photographs of Naples by Jed Fielding, was published in 1997. Britt Salvesen is director and chief curator of the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson. Vince Aletti reviews photography exhibitions for the New Yorker’s “Goings on About Town” section and is currently an adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography, New York.

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This is a truly amazing book, with photographs that satisfy on a deeper level.
Sharon Bladholm
Jed Fielding is a gifted Fine Art Photographer whose haunting images are both mesmerizing and startling.
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I highly recommend this important book to anyone seriously collecting the finest photography books!
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By Thomas Whitworth on December 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Stunning, moving, beautiful, poetic... this powerful book by Jed Fielding explores the rarely approached territory of portraits of the blind. But, it is also more than that- it is a record of the remarkable dedication and determination put forth by the photographer himself. Mr. Fielding is well known in the Chicago photographic community for his commitment and vision, and this beautifully designed and richly printed book presents a major declaration of his years of effort. The images share a duality of meaning and experience, simultaneously stark and sensitive, mesmerizing and unsettling, graphically powerful and intimately personal. It is a modern and significant portfolio that moves us thru uncharted encounters upon a journey of insight, ability, talent, and intelligence. It is an example of a photographic book done right...
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By Connie Noyes on December 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Fielding's newest monograph is lush and beautiful, but not pretty. His compassionate portrayal of blind children in Mexico City redefines beauty and challenges the viewer with every turn of the page. Even the title, "Look at Me", carries with it the many dualities contained in the photographs themselves. It is difficult not to turn away from some of the images- to actually "look at" them. Most are painfully tragic on first glance. But, as the viewer journeys their way through the book, you will begin to see that real beauty is not seen with the eyes. The beauty in this book is felt. It is a human connection- a connection with the ebullient spirit of the children that Mr. Fielding so passionately captured.
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Fielding has, and here demonstrates, an uncanny ability to get to the soul of the people he photographs. These blind people obviously were as sensitive to Fielding's talent as he was to their lives, their feelings, their way of expressing their inner beings. No one can view these portraits without a powerful emotional response. The book is one of the most powerful expressions of humanity that I have ever experienced. This is not a book for people looking for sensationalism, for invasion of privacy, for showing arrogance. It is quite the opposite. You may be forced to express your feelings whether you normally do or not. I know of no other recent book of photographs as powerful as this.
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Jed Fielding in his newest photography book " Look at me" isolates faces into dynamic compositions that make you want to look and turn away at the same time, and yet compel you to look closer. A bold decision to make some of these strong images in fold out series so we could experience the movement, the rhythm of light moving across a face that reads like a geological map. Profound, powerful and provocative, "Look at Me" will keep you looking again and again.
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By Stephan Brigidi on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book by Fielding is immaculate in all respects. The imagery is bold, strong, and sensitive at the same time. The design of the book from its layout and image flow is spectacular!
Rarely, have I enjoyed a book of this impeccable quality. Fielding is one of the finest "street" photographers of his generation. I highly recommend this important book to anyone seriously collecting the finest photography books!
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Jed Fieldings book is essential for anyone who is a serious collector of Photography. This body of work is unique and unforgettable. It will make a strong impression and you will find yourself needing time to process all that you see. It is too strong and subtle to understand the impact of his work without going back to the images over and over. Please purchase and enjoy this amazing book.
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By Ashley Gilbertson on November 30, 2010
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This is a deeply moving document, compassionate and gentle beyond measure. It's exceptionally rare for a photographer to successfully manifest his own sensitivity in a visual manner, so that the emotion can be truly shared by the viewer. "Look at Me: Photographs from Mexico City" is one shining example of that talent.

Jed Fielding's commitment to this story, and to photography, is admirable.
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By Donna Cornachio on November 28, 2010
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Haunting, moving, exquisite are these photographs of blind schoolchildren in Mexico by Jed Fielding that make you look--and look again. Fielding captures the ordinary lives of children at play and at rest with acute detail and empathy. It is impossible to look at these photographs and not be moved by their raw beauty.
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