Culture & Communication
Jeff Jacobson: The Last Roll
Daylight Books / March 2013
Photographing with only Kodachrome, former Magnum photographer Jeff Jacobson has created a seductive portfolio of images reflecting on beauty and mortality. From his opening statement: “A few days before Christmas, 2004, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. Some present. After each chemotherapy session I retreated to our home in the Catskills to recuperate. I began photographing around the house, as I was too sick to go anywhere else. As my strength returned, my photographic universe slowly expanded. Shortly thereafter, Kodak discontinued production of Kodachrome. I loved Kodachrome. It helped shape my photographic vision. I filled my refrigerator and wine cooler with the stuff and kept shooting. I have outlived my film. A few days before Christmas, 2010, I exposed my last roll.” This compelling body of photographs provides a nuanced, first person depiction of a cancer patient’s changing perspectives on life, death, art and the world at-large.
HbK, 9 x 8 in. / 116 pgs / 50 color
Elin O’Hara Slavick: Hiroshima: After Aftermath
Daylight Books / April 2013
Text by James Elkins
In 1945, the U.S. bomber Enola Gay released an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, killing 70,000 people instantly (with another 70,000 dying by year’s end from their injuries.) While many are aware of the bombing, its aftermath is less well documented, and the U.S. in particular has paid little attention to preserving a visual record. American artist Elin O’Hara slavick (born 1965) presents her photo essay as an attempt to address–historically, poetically and visually–what disappeared as well as what remains in Hiroshima. Her photographs of the city and of artifacts from its Peace Memorial Museum collection are images of loss and survival, with the trope of exposure–to history, light, radiation, the sun–at the core. Slavick intends Hiroshima: After Aftermath as an act of ethical seeing that addresses the irreconcilable paradox of making the barbaric visible, as artist, viewer, and witness. “This remarkable photographic essay brings to us with harrowing clarity the state to which we have descended – and what may lie ahead if we cannot cure ourselves of the pathology that has brought us this far.” –Noam Chomsky
Hbk, 9.5 in. x 9.5 in. / 128 pgs / 56 color
Brett Van Ort: Minescape
March 2013 / Daylight Books
Accompanying Exhibition at VII Gallery, DUMBO
April 18 – May 24, 2013
A Texan photographer who divides his time between London and Los Angeles, Brett Van Ort has always been fascinated by land and how we use it to both our benefit and detriment. That has pushed him towards exploring landscape that on the surface appears pristine and untouched, but, in fact, is still manipulated and altered by man. In Minescape, Van Ort documents the legacy of land warfare on the social and natural landscape of Bosnia that continues to render many portions of the country impassable. Van Ort’s presents photographs of the seemingly pristine countryside of Bosnia that is still infected by munitions and landmines 15 years after the war concluded. These lush images are presented alongside chilling images of the mines themselves and prosthetic limbs set on stark white backgrounds. These photographs paint an ambiguous portrait of human technology as it variously maims or heals. Through it all, the natural world remains edenic, its perils hidden from view.
Pbk, 12 x 10 in. / 72 pgs / 30 color
Marjolaine Ryley: Growing Up in the New Age
Daylight Books / March 2013
Growing up in the New Age is UK artist Marjolaine Ryley’s personal research project that explores her upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s counterculture by radical hippy parents. This was an alternative world of communes in the south of France, squatters in South London, and « free school » education, to the many forays into all things « New Age. » The work and texts are set against the backdrop of social and political happenings of the era. Using a range of approaches including photography/digital imaging, film and video, writing, collecting, re-using archival materials and the web, Growing up in the New Age sets out to reconsider the social utopias of the 1960s and early 70s and what we might learn from them today. Now a tenured professor and mother and part of the “establishment,” Ryley examines her identity torn between two worlds with an approach that is nuanced and poetic.
Hbk, 8.25 x 10.25 in. / 152 pgs / 111 color