The Last Road North hit the line today in Heidelberg. Much thanks to the Kehrer team.
sneak peak of the final TLRN book cover (pre-orders still available)
From where I stand now, there’s no certainty; nothing is fixed, everything changes. I think photography is a subjective act, one that relies on the descriptive nature of the real to give it its meaning. This is not too dissimilar to how history is written and how memory works – fragmentary, incomplete. For me borders are a manmade construct and through this construct an ideology is built around history and memory that leads people to identify or not with an idea of nation. This is particularly accentuated right now in the east of Europe, where histories are being reinterpreted. During my time in the Balkans and the Black Sea I began to see that every ‘side’ had their own perspective; each was telling their truth. So for me it was a question of a plurality of truths and realities. There are many layers of history, more questions than answers.“Still dancing: Vanessa Winship in conversation with Gemma Padley" in the British Journal of Photography. (via greatleapsideways)
It was nice to come home this week to my favorite PDN issue of the year - the Photo Book issue. Conor Risch did a nice article on my handmade artist books for The Last Road North.
This was an interesting issue, as it spent a lot of space talking about the economics of book publishing. Money talk isn’t sexy, but it’s an unavoidable conversation. Making books is expensive business.
It’s interesting, I think, to see the many different ways that photographers, and publishers, go about making it work. I don’t know that there is a perfectly successful model. It’s risky business but necessary.
Full disclosure here - I’m pre-selling copies of The Last Road North through my website. As we do the final preparations for press in three weeks time, these pre-sales will ensure that the finer details that I feel are critical will be afforded.
This will be a beautiful book of 56 pictures, maps, designed impeccably by Kehrer Design, with generous words by Karen Irvine and Barry Lopez, and will include a small supplemental insert only available to pre-sales.
Again, expensive business this book publishing, but we’re almost there.
I’m forever grateful to all who have helped support this work.
I’m anxious to get off the island for a while. A month to be more precise. Planes, trains and automobiles starting in the morning - will be in Syracuse, at Light Work, on Tuesday afternoon.
Grateful for this opportunity.
Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy of The Last Road North over the past few days! I decided today, since the books won’t be out until later this year, to mail small prints of ‘Kevin’ with notes of appreciation.
Pre-order signed copies HERE..
Fall 2014 Kehrer Verlag catalog #kehrerverlag #ilovethemailman
I’m offering pre-orders of The Last Road North today - signed copies, shipped from Juneau later this year!
Thanks for the love.
handmade special editions of TLRN going in the mail this week to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Phoenix #bookmaking #diy
Heather and Jeff, taking a breather during our paddle across Yakutat Bay.
Our trip out to the coast this past week was spectacular. There is something about carrying everything you need on your back for a week, to focus your efforts when you return home. I’m back in the studio this morning - tired, but ready to take on the world.
More snapshots from the trip to come later, and new work and news.