The New Yorkers (self published, 2013) by Robert Herman (MPS 2009 Digital Photography): Herman began shooting what would become The New Yorkers while he was still an undergraduate student at NYU in the mid 1970s. The photos of the sites and sounds of his block in Little Italy where he lived at the time helped him develop his voice and vision as a photographer. “Over the years, I continued making pictures in whatever neighborhood I happened to be living in,” he told Lenscratch. “Key to this body of work was letting the subject matter determine the outcome. I would make myself available, allowing my intuition to be my guide and let the content rise to the surface.”
Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling (The New Press, 2013) by Sabrina Jones (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay) and Marc Mauer: Mauer’s Race to Incarcerate, first published in 1999, explores the root causes of how the United States came to have the highest rate of incarceration in the world. For this new edition, Mauer collaborated with Jones to adapt and update the book into a graphic narrative designed to reach new audiences. Jones, who is a member of the World War 3 Illustrated collective and an acclaimed author of politically engaged comics, has created dramatic illustrations that add passion and compassion to the complex story of four decades of prison expansion and its corrosive effect on generations of Americans.
Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation (MIT Press, 2013) by Tom Sito (BFA 1997 Animation): Moving Innovation describes the evolution of computer graphics (CG) by tracing its history through various streams from academia, the military, and movie special effects to video games, experimental film, corporate research, and commercial animation. Through an engaging narrative that begins with a precocious MIT graduate student, Sito’s shows how films like Toy Story and Avatar became possible.