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Days With My Father by Phillip Toledano

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As I am starting to look more at producing documentary style projects for my BA, this book could not have come at a better time.  I recently grabbed myself a copy of  ‘Days With My Father’ by Phillip Toledano.  The book is a photo journal of Phillip Toledano’s ageing father’s last years.   As his father battles with his memory loss this book documents the roller coaster of mixed emotions right up to his father’s death.  In the book Toledano describes his father as ‘Like a river.  Always in motion’.

The book reminds me of ‘Hide That Can’ by Deirdre O’Callaghan.  Very real graphic emotional images occasionally accompanied by pieces of text.  I also saw similarities with work by Elinor Carucci, in particular her book ‘Closer’.  Its a brilliant book full of emotion which can be felt with every image and piece of text.  I felt privileged to be able to share something like this with the author.


Written by Dean O'Brien

October 13, 2010 at 12:45 am

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  1. Hello, Dean this is the book review I said I would write.

    Reading a ‘how to’ book on software is to put it mildly, useful but not exciting. Plus hard to follow. I know from experience. This book is different, a joy because there are no wasted words. Just enough words, not too little or too much.

    I now realise Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a user-friendly and powerful organisng tool that is orientated towards photographers with features such as cover flow which let you preview files, folders and programs like vinyls in a jukebox.

    Also by having the text numbered on each page match with screen shots also numbered on each page step by step explaining which menu, button or folder to use means you know where to look and what a feature does.

    Also the little boxes at the bottom of each page tells you of a more advanced options or which names of useful websites to look at.

    In summary just buy the book which is under £10.00

    Chris Alford

    October 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm

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