Official Review: One Of A Kind by Donald Graham

Use this sub-forum to discuss comic books and graphic novels.
Forum rules
Authors and publishers are not able to post replies in the review topics.
Post Reply
User avatar
MarisaRose
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1429
Joined: 03 Sep 2016, 15:34
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 665">Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</a>
Currently Reading: The Family Upstairs
Bookshelf Size: 425
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-marisarose.html
Latest Review: The Churchyard by John W. Cottrell
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Official Review: One Of A Kind by Donald Graham

Post by MarisaRose »

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "One Of A Kind" by Donald Graham.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


One of a Kind is a collection of portraiture by the American photographer Donald Graham. The collection includes numerous black-and-white photographs taken by the photographer during his decades-long career. The portraiture includes all types of individuals and spans continents. Portraits of celebrities, political figures, and everyday people hailing from New York, Taos, Morocco, Jamaica, Tibet, India, and Europe, among others, can be found in this deeply expressive portraiture collection.

Each photograph in One of a Kind tells an intimate story. The facial expressions, poses, choice of clothing, and selective backgrounds work together to form fully fleshed-out images that highlight a sense of agency in each subject. Further, Graham’s artistry aptly showcases the unique humanity of each individual. From iconic figures to anonymous people, the portraiture is interesting, thought-provoking, and captures the essence, personality, and identity of each individual. I was simply blown away by the evocative portraits in One of a Kind.

Moreover, the physical presentation of the book is exquisite. The black-and-white photographs are printed on high-quality paper and compiled in a thick, aesthetically pleasing binding. Unboxing this item felt like a special treat: the craftsmanship of the binding, the precision of the printing, and the thoughtful order of the photographs were all immediately apparent. Further, the weight of the book complements the heaviness found in the individual photographs. One of a Kind could be beautifully displayed on any coffee table.

There is so much to love about the artwork found in One of a Kind. In addition to the portraits, the titles also proved interesting. Some subjects are identified by their full name, others by only a first name, and some individuals are not named at all, rather they are identified by their occupation or a physical identifier coupled with a location, such as “Girl with Closed Eyes, Dakar, Senegal”. Additionally, an index at the back of the book includes brief details about each of the photographs. However, I would have liked the photographer to include dates. The collection spans thirty years of photography, and although the images are timeless, the addition of the dates of each portrait could have added context to the subjects’ stories.

One of a Kind truly is a one-of-a-kind experience. Digesting Graham’s portraiture proved to be an engaging and enlightening journey. There was nothing to dislike about this book, and I noticed no grammatical errors in the text. I highly recommend this collection to readers who enjoy art, especially photography and portraiture, and to readers who are interested in a beautiful physical book to display in their home. One of a Kind earns a strong 4 out of 4 stars.

******
One Of A Kind
View: on Bookshelves
"No two persons ever read the same book." -Edmund Wilson
User avatar
Pallavi Lakra
Posts: 87
Joined: 24 May 2021, 08:52
2021 Reading Goal: 10
Currently Reading: Apotheosis Now
Bookshelf Size: 44

Post by Pallavi Lakra »

A book with portraits which narrates individual stories of its own sounds very unique. Thanks for the review!
User avatar
Vetto
Posts: 10
Joined: 19 Jun 2017, 02:58
2021 Reading Goal: 20
Currently Reading: Poems About Things That Mattered Most
Bookshelf Size: 11
Reading Device: 1400697484

Post by Vetto »

A book seems like a good one with the way the author uses portraits for the characters. A good book but this will be a miss for me.
User avatar
Victor Kilyungi
Posts: 75
Joined: 08 Mar 2021, 04:59
2021 Reading Goal: 16
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 14
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-victor-kilyungi.html
Latest Review: We are Voulhire: Someone Else's End by Matthew Tysz

Post by Victor Kilyungi »

A one of a kind experience...
It seems interesting. I've never read or handled a book full of only pictures. Maybe a photo album, lol. Thanks for your review.
User avatar
Booklover Becca
Posts: 533
Joined: 13 Feb 2021, 09:54
2021 Reading Goal: 30
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 22
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-booklover-becca.html
Latest Review: Short Poems, Long Tales by Rashid Osmani

Post by Booklover Becca »

This sounds absolutely beautiful. I feel like it would be best appreciated in a hard copy to get the full effect. Great review!
User avatar
zayyyna
Posts: 65
Joined: 03 Jun 2021, 00:18
2021 Reading Goal: 15
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 12

Post by zayyyna »

thanks . for the review the books sounds beautifull . i 'll read soon
Post Reply

Return to “NEW: Graphic Novels and Comic Books”