Howarth Points Out Life’s ‘I and I’

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Xlibris photo anthology documents peculiarities of modern life

Some are funny, generally unintentionally...Some tell a story, or you can make up a story – I don’t usually inquire

Photographer John Howarth proves his sharply observant eye with a quirky, sometimes funny pictographic collection published through Xlibris, I and I: Ironies And Idiosyncrasies In Everyday Life.    

In I and I, Howarth writes with pictures as he documents the endless and seemingly ever-increasing ironies and idiosyncrasies that permeate the panorama of contemporary life. In this work, his sensibility evokes comparison with that of contemporary photographers Elliott Erwitt, Lee Friedlander, Phil Bergerson, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The photographs included in the collection are sometimes emotionally and sometimes intellectually compelling, presenting a variety of images that include bicycle memorials, an emergency medical facility that offers Urgent Care combined with Botox and laser hair removal, a pregnant woman and her husband standing next to a condom vending machine, conflicting road signs, and more. Howarth’s photographs are from around the U.S. and some locations in Europe. He sees the book as a coffee table book for perceptive people with a sense of humor.

“Some are funny, generally unintentionally...Some tell a story, or you can make up a story – I don’t usually inquire,” Howarth comments in his introductory note.

I and I: Ironies And Idiosyncrasies In Everyday Life will be featured in the 2010 London Book Fair in London, England, which will run April 19-21, 2010. For more information, log on to

About the Author
John Howarth is an English-born photographer, who started photography seriously, using a 1932 vintage Rolleiflex, in 1951. He exhibited extensively in New Mexico and the Southwest in the 1960s. Living in New Mexico from 1953 to 1978 he was influenced by New Mexico photographers Laura Gilpin and Elliot Porter and particularly by Danny Lyon. Other commitments - like earning a living (as a professor of physics and university administrator) - interfered with his photographic work in the 1970s and 1980s, but, after retiring and moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1989, he was able to take up photography more seriously again. He has had one person shows in California, Michigan and Oregon and has been represented in many group shows in the U.S. and U.K. He now lives and works in Forest Grove, Oregon. He is particularly interested in social commentary and environmental portraiture.

by John Howarth
Publication Date: September 18, 2008
Picture Book; $31.99; 62 pages; 978-1-4257-7760-9

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