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This is a handsome book about the self-taught filmmaker and photographer Rudy Burckhardt, who was also a painter and a writer and, from the 1930s to the 1990s, the well-known photo-chronicler of New York artists and their studios. While the essays by Lopate and Katz discuss the full range of Burckhardt’s activities, the illustrations are his black-and-white photographs only, in the largest and best quality plates they’ve been treated to so far. This matters, because Burckhardt, who believed that negatives should be printable by anyone (Sickert thought the same way about etching plates), was not a crisp-edge, super-detail photographer. He shot for the overall tonal subtlety, the variations and distinctions in the shadows, that gave him air and atmosphere—and especially the urban haze, which has seldom been so delicately presented.
A Review of The Art of the Personal Essay by Phillip Lopate
Various insights can be gleaned from the introduction alone of The Art of the Personal Essay by Phillip Lopate. It succinctly cites the main purpose of the book, which is to help the personal essayist find the right techniques that will capture the attention of readers and to retain it.
Recently, with fiercely increased competition for admission to the better colleges, the “common app” essay has become an obsessive focus on the part of high school administrators, parents and students. This part of the college application requires each applicant to file a personal statement, a prose reflection conveying individual sensibility, experience or worldview.