Friday 2 May 2014

Book review of Cat Garcia: Our Time

Our Time
By Cat Garcia
Hardback, 250 pages
ISBN 9780992821708
Published by Cat Garcia
£35 retail

Creativity spans a broad spectrum of means and forms, or, as Cat Garcia notes, in the foreword to her new, self-published photographic collection, Our Time: ‘Creativity will not be pinned down.’ Accordingly, the book, which presents photographs of creatives, each of whom Garcia and her camera spent a day with, includes a range of 60 well-known (and some less well-known) artists, designers, illustrators, editors, performers, photographers, writers, musicians, florists and, well, anyone for whom ideas serve as currency. The photographs are at once private and public. They do not pander to celebrity magazine format, with close up airbrushed photo shoot portraits, posed, refined and painstakingly selected; nor are they paparazzi snapshots, happenstance, hasty and intrusive. They capture their subjects at work, on their way to work, on their coffee breaks. They capture the people and places and objects which inspire their all important ideas.

They capture moments of inspiration and contemplation; aspects of character, every bit as much a signature of the artist as a sweep of the pen (or brush).

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