Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Sourcebook. By Lewis Chaplin. Fourteen-Nineteen Books, 2011. 60 pp., illustrated throughout, 19x25cm. Edition of 200. Images from here.

Book description:

" 'Sourcebook' presents the detritus and collected imagery of a year of contemplation, frustration and ambivalence with the nature of photography.

From an initial starting point of the typographic reference book, within its pages a myriad of situations and pictures present themselves - each at once recognisable and indecipherable.

Drawing heavily on ideas of representation and the 'reading' of an image, the work within is open-ended; a liquid, unstable mix of ideas and images that attempt to elude the conclusive, finite nature of the captured image or the printed photo.

Instead, 'Sourcebook' aims to be fluid - at once a source of reference and stimulation for future creative processes, and a photographic document littered with unanswered questions, oblique strategies and glimpses of meaning."

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