Join Daylight Books at ICP for their spring 2013 launch party with Jeff Jacobson, Elin O'Hara Slavick, and Brett Van Ort.
The Last Roll by Jeff Jacobson
Photographing with only Kodachrome, Jeff Jacobson has created a seductive portfolio of images reflecting on beauty and mortality. From his opening statement, "A few days before Christmas, 2004, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. Some present. After each chemotherapy session I retreated to our home in the Catskills to recuperate. I began photographing around the house as I was too sick to go anywhere else. As my strength returned, my photographic universe slowly expanded. Shortly thereafter, Kodak discontinued production of Kodachrome. I loved Kodachrome, it helped shape my photographic vision. I filled my refrigerator and wine cooler with the stuff and kept shooting. I have outlived my film. A few days before Christmas, 2010, I exposed my last roll." This compelling body of photographs provides a nuanced, first-person depiction of a cancer patient's changing perspectives on life, death, art, and the world at-large.
After Hiroshima by Elin O'Hara Slavick
The photographic images of Hiroshima, Japan in this photo essay are attempts to visually, poetically, and historically address the magnitude of what disappeared as a result of and what remains after the dropping of the A-bomb in 1945. They are images of loss and survival, fragments and lives, architecture and skin, surfaces and invisible things, like radiation. Exposure is at the core of the author's photographic project: exposure to radiation, to the sun, to light, to history, and exposures made from radiation, the sun, light, and historical artifacts from the Peace Memorial Museum's collection. After Hiroshima engages ethical seeing, visually registers warfare, and addresses the irreconcilable paradox of making visible the most barbaric as witness, artist, and viewer.
Minescape by Brett Van Ort
Van Ort's work focuses on landscape and our interaction with it. That has pushed him towards exploring landscape that on the surface appears pristine and untouched, but, in fact, is still manipulated and altered by man. In Minescape, Van Ort presents photographs of the beautiful and lush countryside of Bosnia that is still infected by the specter of munitions and landmines 15 years after the war concluded. As a vast majority of the mining during the Bosnian War was undocumented, many innocent civilians continue to lose their lives. Van Ort's landscapes are accompanied by chilling "product shots" of the mines themselves, as well as the prosthetic limbs worn by victims of unexploded war ordnance.These photographs paint an ambiguous portrait of human technology as it variously maims or heals. Through it all, the natural world remains edenic, its perils hidden from view.
Please note that due to professional obligations, photographer's book signing dates may change without notification. Limit of two signed copies per customer. Pre-orders and reserve orders are not guaranteed but every effort is made to fulfill orders. Books must be purchased from the ICP Store. If purchased before date of event, please bring your receipt. For more information, call 212.857.9725.
This event takes place during voluntary contribution hours at the museum.
Free Friday night programs in the Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.