Jean Dykstra speaks with Robert Polidori about his photographs of human habitats, from the sprawling, auto-constructed cities of Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai to interiors in places like Versailles.
Photographer John Edmonds was a standout in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, where his understated portraits and still lifes quietly deconstructed ideas about race, gender, and masculinity. His reserved and lovely show at the Brooklyn Museumhis first solo museum exhibitionincludes a few of the photographs on view at the Whitney and in his well-received book Higher (2018), as well as new portraits and still lifes.
The subject of this nuanced photobook is Atropia, a series of fake Iraqi and Afghan villages on military bases around the US where immersive war games are conducted. Its designed to offer multiple perspectives, both visual and textual, and to offer more questions than answers. What is the psychic toll of these games? And what does their existence say about the US?