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Book Review: 'Cyclops'

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Albert Watson is surely one of this century’s foremost photographers, as these black-and-white images attest. Whether the poser is a model or a convict, the result is at once stark and sensual. So it is all too sad that the book doesn’t allow Watson’s work to stand alone: The typeface battles with the prints, and Cyclops as a whole becomes as much about the book’s designer as about the artist. Still, since this is the first such collection of Watson’s photographs, it’s a fault that seems to be worth trying to ignore. B