Primal Sight by Efrem Zelony-Mindell
As a survey of contemporary black-and-white photography, Primal Sight subverts the historical roots of the discipline with instinctively feral imagery. In these works by 146 diverse artists, colour seems unnecessary. These heavy images go beyond individual experiences, with commonalities and differences highlighted, just as areas of light and dark are. Images are unusually printed on black pages with white ink, questioning photography’s reliance on light. Sharing a tonal vocabulary, 146 different visual questions are asked. Curated by Zelony-Mindell and published by Gnomic Books, inquisitive essays by David Campany and Gregory Eddi Jones make for powerful accompaniments to the images.