Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar


Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar [Hardcover] Ronald Dworkin (Author), Christina Kukielski (Author), Salman Rushdie (Author), Taryn Simon (Photographer)

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First published in 2008, and now commanding high prices second-hand, Taryn Simon's An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar reveals objects, sites and spaces that are integral to America's foundation, mythology or daily functioning, but which remain inaccessible or unknown to a public audience. To make the more than 60 large-format photographs often required protracted negotiations before Simon was granted access to the sites. When circumstances permitted, she photographed with a large-format camera and careful lighting, emphatically not following the tradition of the journalistic snapshot. The photographs include radioactive containers in a storage facility for nuclear waste; the recreational facility of a high-security prison; the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan with its Wizards, Night Hawks and Kleagles; a Scientology seminar room; MOUT, a facade city in Kentucky built as a training ground for urban warfare; the sealed-off halls of the CIA headquarters; a high-security research institute studying animal epidemics; and an operating room in which a Palestinian woman had her hymen (and thus her virginity) restored.

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Beneath the Roses


Beneath the Roses [Hardcover] Gregory Crewdson (Photographer), Russell Banks (Collaborator)

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Best known for his elaborately choreographed, large-scale photographs, Gregory Crewdson is one of the most exciting and important artists working today. The images that comprise Crewdson’s new series, “Beneath the Roses,” take place in the homes, streets, and forests of unnamed small towns. The photographs portray emotionally charged moments of seemingly ordinary individuals caught in ambiguous and often disquieting circumstances. Both epic in scale and intimate in scope, these visually breathtaking photographs blur the distinctions between cinema and photography, reality and fantasy, what has happened and what is to come.

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