"Photographer and bookseller Melissa Catanese has recently been editing the vernacular photography collection of Peter J. Cohen, helping to organize this massive curated archive (a trove of 20,000+ prints) into a series of single-theme catalogues.
Along the way, she has pursued an alternate reading of the collection, drifting away from simple typology into something more personal, intuitive, and openly poetic.
Her magical new artist book, Dive Dark Dream Slow, is rooted in the mystery and delight of the 'found' image and the 'snapshot' aesthetic, but pushes beneath the nostalgic surface of these pictures, re-reading them as luminous transmissions of anticipation, fear, and desire.
Like an album of pop songs about a girl (or a civilization) hovering on the verge of transformation, the book cycles through overlapping themes and counter-themes — moon / ocean; violence / tenderness; innocence / experience; masks / nakedness — that sparkle with psychic longing and apocalyptic comedy."
This book was shortlisted for the "Aperture Foundation / Paris Photo 2012 - First Photobook Award".
88 pages - Hardcover, no DJ
The Ice Plant, 2012
New - Mint condition
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