Catherine Wagner: Cross Sections (San Jose Museum of Art)

Glen Helfand (author), The San Jose Museum of Art (institution), Twin Palms Publishers (Santa Fe, New Mexico)


Catherine Wagner’s photographs are exquisite intersections of scientific inquiry and meditative inexactitude. Her pictures sit on their pages like luminous gems in a velvet setting. The book is an oversized square with typography inset into smaller concentric squares, maintaining a quiet, steady gaze. Wagner wanted the book to flow cinematically. The cropping and pacing of the pictures gently propels the reader forward without intruding on the book’s hushed tone.

Catherine Wagner: Cross Sections