Artist’s book in the form of a series of 16 photographs, two maps, text page and printed envelope documenting a mapping piece by Douglas Huebler that took place in New York City, and Seattle, Washington. Originally published as part of the “Artists & Photographs” portfolio. “In New York and Seattle an area was arbitrarily selected within which a person in each city photographed places that he, or she, felt could be characterized as being (1) “frightening” (2) “erotic” (3) “transcendent” (4) “passive” (5) “fevered” and (6) “muffled.” Within each area each person made two entirely different sets of six photographs after which all four sets were sent to a third person (the artist) with no information that would make it possible to ken any one of the photographs with any one of the words originally specified. The four sets (24 photographs) were then scrambled altogether and 12 of these arbitrarily selected for this piece; to those were added 4 photographs that had not been made to characterize any kind of place. 16 photographs, a Xerox map of New York and another of Seattle join with this statement to constitute the form of this piece.” — Douglas Huebler, July, 1969.
Reference : “Esthétique du Livre d’Artiste 1960 / 1980” by Anne Moeglin-Delcroix. Paris, France : Jean-Michel Place / Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1997, pp. 152.