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The Archive of Bernard Taylor – Peter Ward (with print)

The Archive of Bernard Taylor – Peter Ward (with print)

 70,00

Understory Books, 2021
Hardback, 25.5×20 cm
144 pages, black and white photographs
English text

The copies include an original archival pigment print on Moab Exhibition Luster, initialed in pencil. These unique copies are offered exclusively through Micamera.

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‘There was a sharp crack from somewhere on the mountain. Then another. It’s just a tree falling, he said. The boy was looking at the dead roadside trees. It’s okay, the man said. All the trees in the world are going to fall sooner or later. But not on us. ‘

Although he had lived for some twenty years in Hustings-on-Hudson, near New York, he met Peter Ward only after his death, among the papers and photographs he bought for a few dollars at a flea market.

The present book is a facsimile of Ward’s original publication. As well as quotes and captions, it includes vintage postcards, aquatints, and Taylor’s remarkable imagery, divided roughly into three chapters or suites. The first section concentrates mainly on organic forms: the twisted, almost abstract shapes of leafless winter trees; the burgeoning growth of early summer; still woodlands, the atmosphere dense with mist. In the middle of the book is a short, haunting series of photographs taken at night. The final section is a puzzle, mixing the almost romantic idiom of the earlier images with photographs of vacant lots, empty doorways and concrete foundations.

There are no portraits or even incidental images of people among Taylor’s photographs, and the overwhelming sensibility is one of stillness and slight melancholy. The archive as a whole, on the other hand, is the product of a truly ecumenical mind – one that was happy to bring literature into dialogue with the study of optics, and aqueducts with the design of the universe. The Archive of Bernard Taylor is more than a record of place – it’s also a reflection on isolation and imagination.

The copies include an original archival pigment print on Moab Exhibition Luster, initialed in pencil. These unique copies are offered exclusively through Micamera.

 

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Weight1.5 kg
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