Abe Kogan is an inveterate traveller. In this online Gallery, he presents collections of images that tell stories about the cities he visited.
The notion of ‘split seconds’ came about as Abe mulled over publishing a book featuring some of the images he had taken during a visit to Cuba. He mused that his camera’s shutter speed had averaged around 1⁄125 of a second for the hundred or so images. So the duration of all the action recorded in all 110 pictures added together was less than a second. Thus, a series of such books would indeed ‘Split Seconds’.
Abe’s book of images and comment about Havana became available in November 2018. The Florence book becomes available in the Fall of 2019. Plans are well advanced for Split Seconds books featuring Djakarta, Hong Kong, Surabaya and Tokyo
Split Seconds: Havana
Released in November 2018. It features the people, the architecture and, of course, the iconic 50’s era cars of Cuba’s capital city. The book is readable, educational and a collectors’ item.
Split Seconds: Florence
Released in October 2019. Florence, they say, is the birthplace of the Renaissance. And, it is the backdrop for Abe Kogan’s skillful black-and-white photography presented in this book.
Split Seconds: Hong Kong
For release in February 2020. The book explores the city famous for dense urbanism and high-rise marvels. Towering obelisks and repetitive facades stand in stark contrast to complex cultural roots born of compromise between Chinese tradition and British influence.