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September 24, 2011

Douglas Stockdale – Ciociaria

Photographs copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale & published by Edizioni Punctum (Punctum Press)

Okay, this is not an official book review per se, as I really do need to defer to other reviewers to provide commentaries about my book. That said, I have been very fortunate to have a few others post about Ciociaria, including  Aline Smithson (Lenscratch), Andrew Phelps (Buffet) and Harvey Benge (Photograhy+art+ideas), as well as various shout-outs by Pierre Bessard, Elizabeth Avedon and a host of others.

Update: Very nice reviews by Karen Jenkins in photo-eye Magazine and Tomás de Teresa on Libros de Fotografia (Spanish), who also posted a video review of Ciociaria, set to Spanish guitar, on YouTube.

Publisher’s synopsis;

Douglas Stockdale’s Ciociaria builds an “organized” flanerie that goes beyond the topography/street photography dichotomy; he erases the direct human aspect and the need of a nearly scientific witness at the same time, enhancing the concept of how every single human being can become acquainted with a place in varied unpredictable ways and times, as well as readapting the landscape to one’s visions and needs.

Stockdale personalizes Ciociaria, a loosely defined rocky and hilly region with memories of ancient Latin yet without a known history, putting aside all stereotypes and re-launching a sort of “personal anonymity”, very typical to areas that developed due to the middle class explosion. Houses, banners, woods, monuments, cars and the outskirts of little towns, nothing is magnificent and luckily nothing is picturesque. The truly great difference lies here: Stockdale does not overdramatically criticize the Italian landscape per se, perceived as an embarrassing overlap of architectural abuse and ignorance, but then again his flanerie is nothing more than an actualization of the grand tour.

His photographs hint of a street photographer’s reportage yet lacks an obvious narrative, providing many hints of a complex and multi-layered culture, creating an indirect portrait of Ciociaria, while leaving most questions tantalizingly unanswered.  The photographs capture a paradox of strangeness mixed with familiarity, mystery mixed with beauty, within a context of color, space, and texture. 

This book is an investigation into complexities of ambiguity intertwined with feelings of belonging while yet still not fitting in. Stockdale crosses Ciociaria and looks for answers, adhering to that landscape and photographing it in such a way as to illustrate what it personally conveys to him. It is about being a stranger in a vaguely familiar land.

As a photobook object, it is a hardcover book with dust jacket, includes 50 color photographs and four-color lithographic printing, 96 pages without captions or page numbering. There is an essay by Marco Delogu and an afterword by me, both texts are provided in Italian and English.

Best regards, Doug



  1. […] but even so, I obtained a confirmation that they will be selling my recently released photobook Ciociaria. Likewise, I had an opportunity to meet up with Alec Soth this morning at our publishers to talk […]

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  2. good discovery, good work. thanks

    Comment by Martin — September 27, 2011 @ 8:08 am

  3. […] of me is focusing on the events leading up to the publication of my photobook Ciociaria. As you read her other interviews, you will probably note that she has a structure to her […]

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  4. […] & Marco Delogu, Ciociaria copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale published by Edizioni […]

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  5. […] so he also recently provided a nice commentary on my book Ciociaria, which did get my attention. I appreciate his good taste in selecting photobooks ;- […]

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  6. […] copyright 2010 from Ciociaria published by Edizioni […]

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  7. […] just published Karen Jenkins review of my book Ciociaria. Jenkins goes into considerable depth, and grapples with an undercurrent of memory that weaves […]

    Pingback by Ciociaria – Karen Jenkins review – photo-eye « Singular Images — December 1, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  8. […] it dawns on me what a photographic project might actually be. I was well into my photobook Ciociaria before I understood what it was I am attempting to convey. Likewise, I have been working on a […]

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  9. […] Ciociaria by Douglas Stockdale copyright 2011 Edizioni Punctum […]

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  10. […] I need to declare a potential bias for my review of this book as the publisher, Edizioni Punctum, is also the publisher of my recently published book Ciociaria. […]

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  11. […] book on their website, so I not only needed to provide that link here, but also update the post on The PhotoBook about the book. While doing so, I realized that I did not even link up my own web site on The […]

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  12. […] Additiona interior photographs from the book and links to some of the book reviews can be found here. […]

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  13. […] Additiona interior photographs from the book and links to some of the book reviews can be found here. […]

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  14. […] include some other wonderful news for 2012; at the beginning of the year, photographs from my book Ciociaria were acquired for the permanent collection of the Museo d’Arte Comtemporea di Roma (MACRO), […]

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  15. […] One of the fun and interesting aspects of publishing Pine Lake has been a reason to initiate another round of discussions with book store owners. Recently I met with DJ, the owner of As Issued, which is located in The LAB on Bristol in Costa Mesa, CA, to show and discuss Pine Lake as well as my earlier photobook Ciociaria. […]

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