Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Life in Politics.

My Life in Politics. Photographs by Tim Davis. Essays by Jack Hitt and Tim Davis. Aperture, New York, 2006. 112 pp., 61 colour illustrations, 11½x9¾".

Tim Davis is a photographer, writer and visul artist that has exhibited his work frequently and had it published in book form.

His photography work can be said to delve into 'formal aspects of photography (light and abstraction) as well as socially-engaged documentary'. 'My Life in Politics' is the first in-depth examination of his photography work in book format.

'My Life in Politics' "dissects the disenchantment and dissociation that have come to dominate American civil life. It is Davis’s treatise on the state of contemporary politics, politics as an aestheticized banality abstracted from real issues of power.

He finds freedom of expression exhibited at its most casual and cursory, with political, commercial and populist signage jostling for space and attention in the social landscape.

His documentation of that landscape, as Peter Eeley of Frieze magazine interprets it, asks, 'What if campaign signs, badges, bumper stickers and flags aren’t simply the ephemera of Americans’ political lives, but their substance as well?'

'My Life in Politics' represents photographic seeing at its finest and most subtle. Davis continues Stephen Shore’s colorist tradition, meshing the careful management of a quotidian palette with an incisive eye for those points at which light bends and refracts, becoming something other than mere illumination."

The first quote is from the wikipedia entry for Tim Davis, the second is from the publisher's description.

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