Stanley Barker, 2020
hardcover, 24×30 cm
136 pages, b&w photographs
Available upon request
“Throughout my childhood years (…) I was always looking for a place to hide from the bright, white sky.” – Mimi Plumb
Since the 1970s, Plumb has explored subjects ranging from her suburban roots to the United Farm Workers movement in the fields as they organized for union elections.
The White Sky, just released by Stanley Barker, is her second book. It gathers images taken between 72 and 78, when Mimi Plumb had just moved to San Francisco and went back visiting the suburbs where she had grown up, looking back to her Californian childhood to make a series of photographs about suburban youth.
As the publisher writes: The resulting photographs collected in her new book build a world in which an unknown trauma hangs heavy in the air, and children rule the roost.
Plumb’s first book, Landfall, published by TBW Books in 2018, is a collection of her images from the 1980s, a dreamlike vision of American dystopia encapsulating the anxieties of a world spinning out of balance. Landfall was shortlisted for the Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation First Photobook Award 2019, and the Lucie Photo Book Prize 2019.
The book is out of print (last copies available on this website here!) but a second printing is expected by the end of 2020.
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