In this month's Fraction I reviewed Brian David Stevens' Brighter Later, published by Tartaruga, a small press in London. Stevens' project is a portrait of Britain in which he has made a picture from each of 34 coastal counties in England, Wales and Scotland. As seascapes go, Stevens' pictures are pretty peaceful, but he does something with them that I found very clever and effective, that you can read about here.
While reviewing the book I revisited the catalog for the 1998 exhibition Sea Change, curated by Trudy Wilner Stack at the Center for Creative Photography, which surveyed 19 artists ("18 artistic visions" as the Starn twins are included) who have photographed the sea as a subject. I never saw the show itself but I love the concept and much of the work in it. I came upon the educator's guide for the show which is a very welcome resource. The internet is an ocean of information and I was happy to be able to fish this out of it.
Also while writing the review I happened to visit the show Counterpoints: Photography through the Lens of Photography Collections at the Art Museum, University of Toronto, part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which has just ended. There I found myself unexpectedly face to face with Sugimoto's "Sea of Japan" and "Black Sea", as well as Anne Collier's "Open Book #11". It's a terrific show, one of my favorites in the festival, and if you will be in Toronto before July 30 when it closes, you should check it out along with the other Contact shows that extend into the summer.