BEST PHOTO BOOKS OF 2020
SHOTS, Fall 2020, Issue 149
Review from THE BOSTON GLOBE:
“At The Griffin, Photographs that perform”
By Mark Feeney, Globe staff, July 12, 2017
“Personalities” consists of 14 portraits of the performers. The subjects are cheerful and showy. Performers are always alert to the audience, which in this case is Beeber. If they were any more aware of the camera they’d be inside it. White frames and an absence of mattes emphasize the sense of performance.
What’s most interesting about these portraits is how relatively everyday they feel. True, these aren’t people you’re likely to bump into at CVS, or at least not when they’re in costume. But they’re less outcasts than outriders. These images are more about exaggeration than transgression. Social mores are so much less rigid than when Diane Arbus (the inevitable comparison) was taking her pictures. These people live in a post-Arbus world. So do the rest of us.”