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Photographer Bruce Davidson’s Central Park (New York: Aperture, 1995) portrays the country’s largest urban wonderland as a self-contained world, with its own small successes (a newborn bird) and failures (a homeless man’s search for warmth in the dead of winter).

The Grand Trunk Road (New York: Aperture, 1995) records Raghubir Singh’s vibrant journey along the thoroughfare of India’s populous and politically dominant north. Singh’s “Grand Trunk” images first appeared in Mother Jones (July/Aug. 1994).

Paul Graham’s Empty Heaven (Zurich: Scalo, 1995) juxtaposes some outrageously incongruent images (for example, mushroom clouds with kittens) to create a particularly independent modern portrait of Japan.