Dummy Up

If you are in the area, check out Dummy Up , the window display at the ICP Library.

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This photography library is something it never could have imagined when relocated here in 2001 – much more than a room full of books, it is today a thriving laboratory for exploration and invention, serendipity and community – as much dedicated to inspiration as information.

We selected these alumni book dummies as apt metaphors of the role this library plays in the gestation of photography books and projects of all kinds.

These photo books in chrysalis form – bearing varying evidences of the hand of the artist, remind us that tangible portable books are still a favored medium to work out formal creative decisions, illustrate intentions, and act as talismans to their makers and their community.

Matthew Monteith, whose “Old School” images are currently on exhibition, is an inveterate experimenter – his dummies show both his breadth of inspiration, and careful attention to craft.

Giovanni del Brenna, who published a photo book on Florence for Hermes shortly after finishing school, has been thoughtfully working through his personal archive, and carrying this dummy with him throughout the world to test-balloon it on mentors and peers.

Stacy Mehrfar, an energetic yet busy mother now, opted to use Blurb to fabricate her book dummy, with its purpose to promote the project to prospective publishers. It was selected as a finalist in the first Blurb PhotoBookNow contest.

Maria Mayer Feng has been making books all along. In September 2001, she made a tiny book about 9/11, and now earns her living creating books for other artists. The dummies here are personal works by her – more artifacts than drafts.

These are offered as banners of both a successful decade of growth and change, and a promise for the future of photo books to come.” 

One of last year’s ICP Alumni will be by this week to present me with a book dummy she had dedicated to her job search…

The dummies in our display:

Giovanni del Brenna. Place No Place.

Maria Mayer Feng. Uncertain History, Tuesday 11 September o1 and Romania: My Childhood All Over Again.

Stacy Arezou Mehrfar. American Palimpsests: This is What There Was.

Matthew Monteith. Glimpse. Disquiet, and Cesky Raj

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