Americans Parade (*signed*)

@ Georgiou, George



.Sold out.

Presentation by the artist: 

" Americans Parade is a parade of Americans. One after the other, from one community to the next, building up a picture of Americans in the United States in 2016, the year Donald Trump was elected, a year when Americas division have never been more pronounced.

I have visited the United States several times over the years and outside of the biggest cities, I would see very little street life and have no reason to stop; I would only know of a place by it's reputation, it was like the local community was invisible. The idea for the work came about when I went to a Martin Luther King parade in a neighbourhood I had been to before. Unlike my first visit, when the streets were empty, the streets were suddenly alive, full of people, families, movement and a sea of sound, a complex community was suddenly visible.

In 2016, I decided to criss-cross the country looking for parades that covered many of the different American demographics. The NYT's magazine liked the idea and supported me throughout, publishing the work on the weekend of Trumps inauguration. Throughout the year I visit 26 parades, in 24 cities across 14 states. From the very first parade, my visual approach was simple and deliberate. Moving alongside the parade I would follow the route, waiting for a clear view to photograph a section of the crowd  on the other side.

I would look at the landscape and the overall composition, at groups that caught my attention, at fleeting moments, but I also embraced the generosity of the camera, it's ability to record and freeze more than I could register. The crowd gives the photograph that element of chance, to create itself. The details become important. A sea of faces, expressions, postures, gestures, a look, a touch, alongside, fashions and social behaviour and interactions. A narrative full of complexities and ambiguities, like a series of modern day tableaux.

Although much of America is segregated and separated by race or income, and this difference is exploited as a means to polarise and divide, it is far too simple to define a community through this narrow identity. What I have attempted to do is create a group portrait of multiple identities, where people stand together, in a company of strangers.

Americans Parade has an introduction by David Campany and a short story by Vanessa Winship.

« Although it is not possible to be as indifferent and mechanical as a camera, it is possible to place an image before a viewer as an invitation to look and think; an invitation to measure it carefully against one’s own experience and judgment, to confront one’s preconceptions, to conclude anew or to leave matters open.  »

            -- David Campany, introduction to the book  "

Book design by João Linneu; production with a lay-flat binding.

126 pages - Hardcover

Self-published, 2019

Format : 23.5 x 31 cm


New - Mint condition

Georgiou, George

George Georgiou is a British photographer of Greek descent. He has worked extensively in the Balkans, in Eastern Europe and Turkey. He usually works on long-term projects and focuses on identity, culture and the idea of a community. He self-published the photobooks "Last Stop" (2015) and "Americans Parade" (2019). © Portrait taken from the European Borderlines website (uncredited)
  • .Last copy!.Introduction to the project on the Kickstarter crowdfunding page : "In 2008 I returned to London having spent the last nine years living and working in Eastern Europe and Turkey and was surprised by the speed of change that had taken place. I wanted to document the city, its movements and migrations, its landscape and architecture, its...

    Add to cart
    Out of stock
  • .Sold out. Presentation by Julia Borissova: " I am fond of the artist book form and have created about 14 books over the past 10 years. Most of the titles are sold out. Some time ago I decided to rethink some of my projects and realize them in a new, more concentrated form of zines. In almost half a year I managed to implement this idea and today I am...

  • Project presentation by Christopher Héry: "22:19 illustrates the wide range of emotions - fear, boredom, camaraderie, relief - that two young men have experienced during an intense 8-minute period. This book has been designed to slowly reveal the location, the story, and its ending, to the viewer in a cinematographic manner. Time is the key element here...

    In Stock
  • .Sold out.A 12-day love story, from the first hour to the last...Texts in English & Images by Thomas Boivin.108 pages - Softcover Self-published, 2016 (1st edition - 100 copies) *Signed* New - Mint condition