Maine Media photography alum Gary Briechle has just published a striking new monograph, Gary Briechle, with Twin Palms Publishers | Twelvetrees Press. Tim Whelan, owner of Tim Whelan's Photography Books located within the Maine Media Gallery, gives it a great review:
New Monograph by Gary Briechle
For the past ten years, Gary Briechle has been photographing daily life on the streets of midcoast Maine. Briechle took workshops with Debbie Caffery, Norman Mauskopf, and Andrea Modica. They helped him connect with gifted book maker Jack Woody, the founder of Twin Palms Press, now recognized as one of the worlds finest photography book publishers. Gary’s brilliant and unflinching photography, and Jack’s exceptional design, sequencing, and editing have crafted a powerful book featuring 65 of Briechle's most stunning photographs. These are tough, beautiful images of Gary’s sons and parents, as well as young people he photographed while driving around the area with his large format camera and darkroom in the back of his car. Photographing in wet plate collodion, the images are intuitive, done with an enthusiasm, and deeply felt. They offer a glimpse into his unique insight and vision. This book reminds me of first seeing the work of Diane Arbus in her Aperture monograph. It is striking, and it will grow on you. The book is printed using two different paper stocks. A matte paper used for some of Gary’s journal extracts, and a high gloss varnish applied to the image area on a black paper that convey the feel of his glass plates. They seem to float on the page.