Cover to cover

an intriguing artist’s book that engages with and questions the nature of photographic veracity and the legibility of surfaces–a stance that is somewhat akin to the work of his contemporaries Kenneth Josephson, Robert Cumming and Duane Michals. As its title implies, Cover to Cover, which contains no text save the colophon, can be read forwards and backwards, with both sections converging towards the center. Both the front and back covers are illustrated with a detailed photograph of a wood-paneled door, and as the reader progresses through the pages, which unfold as a quasi-cinematic non-linear narrative, a succession of full-bleed images leads into and through spaces and surfaces that continuously vacillate between illusory physical and representational existence. The appearance of figures, cameras, images within images, blank sheets of paper, windows and doorways on each page enacts a slippage that renders the photographic images and their referents unstable. The result is an important book that is difficult to put down, challenging readers to read and reread its imagery almost compulsively.

pp. 360; BW ills.; paperback. Publisher: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Press, Halifax, 1975.

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an intriguing artist’s book that engages with and questions the nature of photographic veracity and the legibility of surfaces–a stance that is somewhat akin to the work of his contemporaries Kenneth Josephson, Robert Cumming and Duane Michals. As its title implies, Cover to Cover, which contains no text save the colophon, can be read forwards and backwards, with both sections converging towards the center. Both the front and back covers are illustrated with a detailed photograph of a wood-paneled door, and as the reader progresses through the pages, which unfold as a quasi-cinematic non-linear narrative, a succession of full-bleed images leads into and through spaces and surfaces that continuously vacillate between illusory physical and representational existence. The appearance of figures, cameras, images within images, blank sheets of paper, windows and doorways on each page enacts a slippage that renders the photographic images and their referents unstable. The result is an important book that is difficult to put down, challenging readers to read and reread its imagery almost compulsively.

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