Book of the Week: Peter Marlow’s ‘Point of Interest’

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Magnum photographer Peter Marlow has quite a collection of work. And it’s no wonder — his photography has taken him to more than 80 countries, and his career spans decades. For ‘Point of Interest,’ his new Blurb book, Marlow edited his body of work down to 28 captivating photographs.

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Not surprisingly, the editing process was intense. Peter’s first edit narrowed the collection to 1400 images; the second pass got him down to 120, and then with the help of curator Jules Wright from London’s Wapping Project Bankside Gallery, he whittled it down to the final 28.

What was the deciding factor? Peter says that he looked for photographs that represented his way of shooting and that had a surreal feel about them. It worked. The images are uniformly haunting and strangely mesmerizing — abandoned factories, an Italian church confessional, an empty office space.

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And while there is a suggestion of humanity, no people appear in any of the images. In the forward, Jules Wright describes the collection as “a factual record of something left behind.” Capturing that liminal moment between presence and absence is an art, and something that Peter Marlow does masterfully.

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Listen to Peter’s thoughts on photography and the 28 images in ‘Point of Interest’ in this BBC interview. And if you’re in London, visit the The Wapping Project Bankside Gallery to see the Point of Interest exhibit. The exhibit runs through 2 July.

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