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Utopia/Dystopia

May 2009

"The photographs of Geoffrey James are showcased and commented upon in this striking collection. Three essays by curators and photographic historians, Pauli, Bann and Salvesen put James photographs within the history of the art, his own development and social awareness. The presentation of the pictures is by series: panoramas of gardens, trees and eerily empty streets of Paris and Toronto."

Reference & Research Book News Inc., May 1, 2009
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Utopia/Dystopia

October 2008

“Despite the absence of people, a sense of human habitation is powerfully evoked. James’ subject has always been the relationship between landscape and civilization, nature and humanity. This visually sumptuous volume is worthy of one of the country’s most significant contemporary photographic artists.”

Waterloo Region Record, Oct 11, 2008
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Utopia/Dystopia

October 2008

“Both show and catalogue – James’s images stand up well on the page – march us steadfastly past the wide range of subjects that interest the 66-year-old, Welsh-born, mostly self-taught photographer… James’s work has long fit well within the framework of photographic history. Indeed, there’s much to be admired in earlier panoramas of Italian gardens and French landscapes in Utopia/Dystopia.”

Toronto Star, Oct 10, 2008
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Utopia/Dystopia

September 2008

“[Utopia/Dystopia] provides an illustrated chronology of James’ career, which adds depth to the book, giving us a glimpse of his maturation as a photographer. …For photography buffs, this tabletop book is a nice addition to one’s collection, particularly, as a study in black and white.”

Regina Leader-Post, Sep 20, 2008
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Utopia/Dystopia

September 2008

Utopia/Dystopia: Geoffrey James is a book that spans the celebrated career of James, who first attracted critical attention in the 1980s for his celebrated black and white images of gardens and parks.”

Guelph Mercury, Sep 19, 2008
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Utopia/Dystopia

July 2008

“…a thoughtful illustrated celebration of the artist’s outstanding accomplishment. …In these images, and elsewhere in his work, Geoffrey James pinpoints with strong artistic force the fault-lines and fissures in the architectural history of our time.”

Globe and Mail, Jul 24, 2008
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Utopia/Dystopia

June 2008

”With the eye of an aesthete and the instincts of a razor-sharp journalist, this senior Canadian artist eloquently documents how we human beings have our way with the landscape – either through the ravages of mining or the delicacy of landscape architecture – revealing, as well, the hidden forces that form and reform our urban environment. Underneath these observations, James consistently reflects on the human yearning for beauty and a sense of place, and the pressures of capitalism that threaten to strip these pleasures from us.”

Globe and Mail, Jun 7, 2008
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Utopia/Dystopia

June 2008

“James has made a study of the ways in which men would control both nature and the built environment, and the ways in which both nature and human neglect eventually overwhelm these ambitions. Increasingly, if his photos seem beautiful it is despite, not because, of their subjects. …James has made a remarkably sure and swift progression, uncovering his true subject and defining his artistic attitude, deciding for himself and his viewer just exactly what role should be played by a stack of cheap plastic rates plunked down in front of a historic façade.”

Globe and Mail, Jun 3, 2008
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