This review is contributed by Robin Benson
The book is based on a travelling exhibition (during 2008-9) of Paul Shambroom's documentary photography. The photos are from five assignments between 1986 and 2007 and the fifty-eight plates clearly show what a great eye he has for capturing the visual essentials that pull you into the frame. The five are: Factories; Offices; Nuclear weapons; Meeting; Security and maybe it's unfortunate that the photos here can only give a brief overview of Shambroom's work.
'Picturing power' is slightly unusual for a photobook because it has fifty-two pages of text before the photos with six illustrated essays that look (somewhat exhaustively, too) at the photographer's assignments.
The photos in the book are printed on a matt gloss with a 175 screen with the essays printed on a light colored stock. The book's designers indulged in a bit of whimsy by clipping the type off all the essay headings and running a thin magenta upright line flush to the seond columns of type on the right-hand essay pages. Neither of these design affectations contribute anything to the appreciation of the book.
If you are taken by Paul Shambroom's photography 'Nuclear weapons' and 'Meetings' are available as books.
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