Teju Cole is the photography critic for The New York Times Magazine. His work has been exhibited in India, Iceland, and the United States, and was the subject of a solo exhibition in Italy in 2016. He is the author of the essay collection, Known and Strange Things, as well as the novels Every Day Is for the Thief and Open City, the latter of which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His photography column at The New York Times Magazine was a finalist for a 2016 National Magazine Award, and he is the winner of the 2016 Focus Award for excellence in photographic writing.
"Common things [are] made radiant by the quality of [Teju] Cole's looking. . . . In this new, luminous book, Cole shows himself to be really one of the best at seeing."--The Guardian "This lyrical essay in photographs paired with texts explores the mysteries of the ordinary. Cole's questioning, tentative habit of mind, suspending judgement while hoping for the brief miracle of insight, is a form of what used to be called humanism."--The New York Times Books Review (Editors' Choice) "Stunning . . . [Blind Spot] feels like the fulfillment of an intellectual project that has defined most of [Cole's] career."--Slate "Dazzling . . . cerebral yet intimate . . . combines personal essay, history, biography, journalism, and photography into a seamless package, capturing human dignity and grace through careful, clear-eyed reverence."--Vice "An eclectically brilliant distillation of what photography can do, and why it remains an important art form . . . Cole has crafted a beautifully wrought and finely blended mixture of visual and narrative art."--San Francisco Chronicle "[In] luminous prose . . . Cole has succeeded in shredding experience into tiny fragments, all of which add up to much more than the sum of their parts."--Los Angeles Times "The book, quite frankly, needs to be seen for itself. Like all great works, it defies paraphrase--it cannot be brought under the dominion of a single interpretation."--The Forward "Blind Spot is assuredly the work of an auteur, a singular talent."--The Sydney Morning Herald "An eye-opening exploration of the world, time, and how the two connect."--Nylon "Reminiscent of Julio Cort zar's Blow-Up . . . Cole expertly punctures placidity to expose concealed violence."--The New York Review of Books "Cole enables us to see the world a little more clearly than before."--The Scotsman "Cole transforms a simple travelogue format into something haunting and existential."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A poetic reflection on the confines of vision and knowledge."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Blind Spot is many things at once: both memoir and map of the world, both essay on photography and elegy for the lost arts of looking and seeing . . . [with texts] as succinct and enigmatic as shards from an archaeological site."--The Village Voice "Calmly incantatory and unsettlingly alert . . . the resonance of the more than 150 photographs Cole has taken and collected here is deepened for being met with such sustained and lyrical textual scrutiny, with the free forays of his capacious mind."--The Millions "I'll . . . read anything by Teju Cole, whose sharp eye when writing about photography, I find, sharpens my eye for everything else, too."--Louise Kennedy, WBUR