Culture & Communication
SARA MACEL: MAY THE ROAD RISE TO MEET YOU
In this remarkable photo-documentary and biography, Sara Macel followed her father, a traveling salesman, on his trips across the US. In popular mythology, few professions are as emblematic of this mobile, ambitious and commercially-minded nation as the traveling salesman. As the internet and outsourcing make this once ubiquitous occupation obsolete, May the Road Rise to Meet You explores the life of a businessman alone on the road. On a larger scale, this project explores the changing nature of “the road” in American culture and in the history of photography. With these images, Sara Macel created a visual narrative of her father’s life separate from his family structure. In the same way that a family photo album functions to present an idealized version of their history, these photographs are what both Macel and her father want the vi- sual narrative of his working life to be remembered as.
9780988983113 U.S. | CDN $44.95 Hbk, 10 x 9 in. / 92 pgs / 50 color. October/Photography
SARAH CHRISTIANSON: HOMEPLACE
”The search for home place is the mythical search for the axis mundi, for something to hang on to,” wrote Lucy Lippard in The Lure of the Local. For Sarah Christianson, home is a 1200-acre farm in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. Her parents are the fourth, and last, consecutive generation to work this land, as she and her sib- lings have all moved away to pur- sue other careers. The realization that she was part of a larger rural exodus provided her with the im- petus to document her farm at this critical juncture. She combined her images with materials from her family’s archive to create a rich, multi-layered narrative about family tradition, agriculture, emigration, and the passage of time. The result is a document that not only tells of hard toil and the declining role of the family farm in our economy, but that celebrates a resilient and fiercely independent tradition.
9780983231691 U.S. | CDN $44.95 Hbk,10x8in./160pgs/10color/ 70 duotone. October/Photography
KATIE MURRAY: ALL THE QUEENS MEN
All the Queens Men, made over the better part of a decade, is an equal parts imagined and genuine am- biguous tale—a collision of fact and fiction, made in the real-life New York City borough of Queens with the real-life men of Murray’s family and community. Rites of passage, rituals, traditions, codes of conduct and inter-generational patterns of behavior play out over the course of many years in a do- mestic and urban setting. The land- scape, either actual or representational, is always present; divided, fragmented, overgrown with humanity, mysterious and un- tamed but ultimately beautiful. It reflects a relationship that is simul- taneously submissive and antago- nistic, which mirrors the dichotomy that is at play in these men. Mythical and monumental gestures reveal distanced and inti- mate relationships between peo- ple, and offer a deeper look into the psychology of these men, and how that is passed on from one generation to another.
9780988983120 U.S. | CDN $39.95 Flexi,10x9in./128pgs/44color. October/Photography
HENRY JACOBSON: POSTCARDS HOME
This monograph is the result of three years that photographer Henry Jacobson spent living on the road, shooting film around the world. This nomadic phase allowed for only limited access to those Ja- cobson held dear, and the varied array of subject matter found in Postcards Home is consequently a record of a period of personal up- heaval; of the endings and begin- nings of very important relationships; of illnesses and deaths and births. All of the works in this book were taken with an iPhone, and most were immedi- ately sent to someone he cared about, or were shared within his broader social network. Such syn- ergy of photography and commu- nication was facilitated by mobile technology, a development which is transforming society’s under- standing of the medium of photog- raphy from a frozen moment to a visual interaction between individ- uals, making this collection impor- tant both from a personal and historical perspective.
9780988983106 U.S. | CDN $39.95 Hbk, 10 x 5 in. / 74 pgs / 64 color. October/Photography
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