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On Reserve for Fall 2022

The following books have been placed on 3-hour Reserve for Pradip Malde’s classes during this Fall 2022 semester:

Books on Reserve

What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999

photobook history, explores photobooks created by women from photography’s beginnings to the dawn of the 21st century.

Alive And Destroyed: A Meditation On The Holocaust In Time

Alive and Destroyed contemplates the long aftermath of the twentieth century’s most notorious crime, drawing on contemporary scholarship, with a focus on dispersed and remote locations in the Holocaust’s vast geography.

Freedom Tastes of Reality

Life no longer happens around our body. Our bodies are being excluded; working remotely means that most jobs do not require the presence of the body. Thus, productivity and presence have been dissociated and, in the same way, we now have friendships without presence, sexuality without presence, education without presence… Freedom Tastes of Reality invites us to reflect on this increasingly absent body.

Departure Lounge

Eskenazi uses the metaphor of a Departure Lounge to explore some of the ways we depart from places and even from ourselves, until the final departure from life. The book is dedicated to the author’s father.

Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith

The story of Communism is the story of the twentieth century. For many the Soviet Union existed, like their childhood, as a fairy tale where many of the realities of life were hidden from plain view. When the Berlin Wall finally fell, so too did the illusion of that utopia. Wonderland is a photographic exploration that portrays both the reality beneath the veneer of a utopian USSR and the affirmation of hope that should never be abandoned. And like all fairy tales try to teach us: the hard lessons of self-reliance.

Black Garden 

Though the trilogy was constructed step by step, added on book by book, there is a cohesive structure by using consecutive chapters 1-9, and consecutive plate numbers 1-314, throughout the three books. The three books span the time frame of almost 30 years, basically the time frame of Eskenazi’s photographic journeys, from when he made his first foray into the world landing in Moscow in 1991-2001, until living in Istanbul in 2010-2018. By the end of the trilogy one will see some similar images from the same contact sheets from previous books giving the impression that only a moment has passed during the last 30 years represented in these three volumes. Both Wonderland and Departure Lounge were sized to exactly fit into the parameters of Black Garden. Eskenazi says he was influenced by the religious triptychs he encountered while guarding European paintings at the museum.


“Migration is a leap into the void. It is an experience that isn’t particularly misunderstood, but rather unrecognized, like languages we’ve vaguely heard at some point in our lives, but to which we aren’t able to attach a body. Or temperatures and distances that, measured in unaccustomed units, can be assimilated, yet only half-rhymed. It is an experience hidden in the invisible weight of opposites – the collision of the old and the new world, the social and the personal, empathy and intellection, the immemorial and factual remembrance of things.

As if packed and stored within a piece of luggage, these images, or fragments of living, represent layers of memory – the memorial, the immemorial, and the everyday. This cargo, seemingly disordered and lacking consistent narrative, is nothing more than a repository of an intimate, yet collective existence.” – Posner


The title Hafiz refers to one who has memorized all 604 pages of the Holy Quran. Historically the task of memorization began during the time of Muhammad. The individual process can take up to four years and is usually done by girls ranging in age from eight to nineteen. Turkey has thousands of Quran schools.

Past Perfect Continuous

In 2006, Igor Posner returned to St. Petersburg, the city where he was born, for the first time in 14 years. Confronted by the shifting resonance of place and memory, the resulting  pictures are fundamentally impressionistic, grasped through distances of  time.

This is a city half-seen and  half-recollected, one version overlaid imperfectly on the other, mapping  where the past and the present intersect – a fictional city, then, one  that is, in a sense, conjured up by the desire to find some lost incarnation of what was once familiar – a desire that will never, ultimately, be realized. Posner is trying to get the measure of what it  means to deal with the past in photographic terms.

There is a collision of distinct  experiences and times. His present encounter with the city is inevitably  shaped by what he knew of it – the narrative is one of the return and  expectation; the dark uncertainty of these images, their haunting sense  of dislocation, is a testament to that, these places speak not only of  what they are now, but also of what they might have been.


tackles the historical contradictions of white supremacy as they are manifested in present day suburban Virginia.

“Lakeside, Virginia is a psychic landscape, a representation of countless spaces initially built to feign the ‘American Exceptionalism’ writ to redact America’s contentious reality,” Rocheleau says. “Lakeside is also a place with 11,000 people doing the best they can—ugly and beautiful things alike—while drowning in the reality that dreaming gets far less than its promise.”

You are Masters of the Fish and Birds and All the Animals 

“For the past three years, I have been making work about white American masculinity. I am scarred but exceptionally privileged by it, and thus responsible to address it.

White American masculinity is a construct. It is the subtext in detergent and power tool ads, crystallized at football games and in sermons, described in the design of little boy’s clothing. It undergirds our politics and religiosity, and permeates our homes. And it’s scary.”  – Shane Rocheleau

Gloire Immortelle

In 1968, the West African photographer Rachidi Bissiriou set up his photographic studio, Studio Plaisir, in his hometown of Kétou in Benin, which he operated until its closure in 2004. The timing of this was conspicuous – Bissiriou was only 18 and Benin had only declared its independence from French rule eight years earlier, in 1960. Armed with a Yashica twin-lens camera, Bissiriou documented these heady times, spending the next three decades shooting black and white photographs of the locals in a standard 6x6cm format. 

Family Photographs

Joan Albert, 1943-2012, created a remarkable body of work over a short period of time from the 1970s through the early 1990s in Massachusetts.

Her intimate photographs of her growing sons are filled with emotion, humour, and the obsessions of teenage and pre-teenage boys of at the tail end of the last century. Alberts 4 x 5” view camera portraits of her parents, friends and neighbours with their children are similarly poignant and richly detailed, showing the complexity and intensity of parent-child relation- ships.

COVID-19: Online Portfolios and Adobe Programs


Two important resources have been put in place as a response to COVID-19.

Art Majors and some other Sewanee students will be displaying their ongoing work and final portfolios via the online image content management system, Picter

In response to the closure of classroom spaces, Sewanee students and faculty may now install Adobe programs on their own computer.

Thanks to Picter and Adobe for generously facilitating this!

COVID-19 and Classes


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sewanee will move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester.

· Spring break will be extended and classes will not be held March 23-27. All subsequent classes will be delivered through remote learning for the remainder of the Easter Semester.

· Classes will resume on Monday, March 30. Classes will be offered remotely beginning on that date. No classes will be held on campus.

Pradip Malde’s classes and teaching activities will be updated by 5 PM, Monday, March 16, 2020, on each of the web sites dedicated to the respective class.

Please stay healthy.

Art 103 Syllabus and Schedule 2019 Fall

puzzler: do you know what this is, and how it relates to this class? email Pradip with thoughts, questions and answers.

The Fall 2019 schedule for Art 103: Introduction to Lens and Time Media is up. I am excited to say that this is the first time in almost ten years that the class is entirely dedicated to wet-lab photography, with every student working with a 35mm SLR camera and film.

Take a look at the class web site as I finish preparations: