Written by Joelcy Kay

Editor & Curator – Edge of Humanity Magazine




“Depicted in this night (black and white) photograph
(pp.102-103) are two buses cruising the road by
the beach.   Circular light fixtures/poles  on the
sidewalk line up the street and it’s brightness captivates
the viewer’s attention.  Everything in the vicinity
(buildings, street signs, other cars, trees, etc.) complete
a usual scene that seems to show something different
each time I look at it. Great shot!”


The images of Brazil in this book were created in black and white as well as in color; text in English and Italian.  Close ups which dominate the presentation in ‘Ralph Gibson’s Brazil’ provide a different perspective, helping the viewer to change the focus to a new dimension and see more of the culture instead of the tropicality of the place.

Inanimate items seem to come to life in these tight close ups and partial body parts shots still reveal the entire story.

Black and white daily life scenes and portraits bring the viewer closer to the action being depicted while the color photographs play the intensity of color, the blue sky and the heat. They navigate through the pages in perfect harmony, depth and time.

Exploring fragments of buildings, objects, nature and people Ralph shines the light on a side of Brazil that appears minimalist.

Documentary photography from urban and rural areas in addition to historic photographs are also included in this book.

The iconic “calçadão” (the black and white pavement) is depicted under shadows on page 96, an interesting spin on a well known subject.

Showcasing a massive amount of tight partial close ups with a hint of minimalism this book is a must have for individuals interested in photography as it explores multiple ways to depict a subject.  For individuals interested in Brazil, travel, culture and photography collectors, this book delivers Brazil (refreshed).


For book specifics see amazon.com below


Brazil (Italian Edition)



Are you looking to have a published review of your Photo Book?


Edge of Humanity Magazine’s curator is now reviewing photo books.

Joelcy Kay (the curator of Edge of Humanity Magazine and the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY) has written many reviews for books in the Edge of Humanity Magazine’s Photography Book Collection and now she is available to write yours.


Here are some of her book recommendations:



Curse Of The Black Gold

50 Years Of Oil In The Niger Delta

Photographs By Ed Kashi

Edited By Michael Watts

Photography Book Recommendation

By Edge of Humanity Magazine



Living Faith

Inside the Muslim World of Southeast Asia

By Steve Raymer

Photography Book Recommendation

By Edge of Humanity Magazine





Under A Grudging Sun

By Alex Webb

Photography Book Recommendation

By Edge of Humanity Magazine





Peoples Of The Omo Valley

By Hans Silvester

Photography Book Recommendation

By Edge of Humanity Magazine




By Edward Burtynsky

Photography Book Recommendation By Edge

of Humanity Magazine




Figments From The Real World

By Garry Winogrand

Photography Book Recommendation

By Edge of Humanity Magazine




You can choose to have your (Photography Book Recommendation By Edge Of Humanity Magazine) published on the Edge of Humanity Magazine or at the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY Visual ART Blog.  For more information on this new service please email Joelcy at  jo@edgeofhumanity.com .





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We are committed to publishing the human condition, the raw diverse global entanglement, with total impartiality.


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