What She Said (*signed & tote bag / signed*)

@ Templeton, Deanna


Presentation by Mack Books:

" « All I look forward to is the weekends, and sometimes they suck just as bad as the week does. God it's so god damn boring!! When I wake up in the morning I feel like I'm 99 years old!! I'm so tired and lazy and unhappy. I'm only 15 years old, what's wrong with me, why am I so UNhappy? This world is so fucked! People are so fucked! I’m so fucked or as my brother would say You're a freak! »

What She Said takes its title from a song by The Smiths: « What she said was sad / But then, all the rejection she’s had / To pretend to be happy / Could only be idiocy. » The work originates in portraits Deanna Templeton made on the streets of the US, Europe, Australia and Russia, in which she captured women in their adolescence: punks and outcasts whose ripped jeans and tights, tattoos, and hairstyles stand as testament to this transitional moment in their lives as they navigate the intensity of teenage life.

Templeton grew up in an ostensibly different environment in 1980s youth, but she recognised in them something of the universality of female adolescence, as they struggled with similar disappointments and challenges she encountered as a young woman.

The book combines these modern portraits with gig flyers and Templeton's own teenage journal entries from the mid to late 80s, in which the familiar experience of growing up is laid bare in all its antagonism, humour and pathos. "

We are offering signed copies and unsigned copies. The signature of the artist appears on an additional image (not included in the unsigned copies) that is glued inside the back cover (see photo).

IMPORTANT : The publisher created tote bags - pink as the cover - for the release of this book, with the title and artist name on one side, and an excerpt from the artist's diary on the other (see photo); they are long sold out as well. We are offering TWO tote bags, sold only as a bundle with a signed copy!

PLEASE NOTE: Before adding the book to your cart, please make your selection (signed + tote bag / just signed) below the price.

168 pages - Linen hardcover

Mack Books, 2021

Format : 19.5 x 24.5 cm


New - Mint condition

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Templeton, Deanna

Deanna Templeton is an American artist and photographer. Her experience with photography started in the late eighties with her interest in the punk-rock scene and concerts which she started documenting. Having met skater Ed Templeton - her husband since 1991 - at the age of eighteen, she also documented the crowds around the skateboarding events, championships or street meetups. Her photgraphy work is mainly portraiture, and very oriented towards the teenagers and youth. Living in Huntington Beach, in South California, the body is also an element very present in her work (beach activities, tattos, etc.) which shows a general interest for underground cultures. She has also developped personal projects such as her series "Swimming Pool" of underwater portraits. Among the photobooks Deanna Templeton has published: "Your Logo Here" (P.A.M., 2007), "Scratch my Name on Your Arm" (Schunck, 2011), "The Swimming Pool" (Nazraeli, 2016), "Contemporary Suburbium" - a joint project with Ed Templeton (Nazraeli Press, 2017) and "What She Said" (Mack, 2021). © Portrait (most likely by Ed Templeton) taken from the English Wikipedia of the artist
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