To Photograph is to Learn How to Die – Tim Carpenter (signed)


The Ice Plant, 2023
Softcover, 11,5 x 17 cm
248 pages, English

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To Photograph is to Learn How to Die To Photograph Is To Learn How To Die is a book-length essay about the essential usefulness of the practice of making photographs. Drawing on the writings of Wallace Stevens and dozens of other poets, artists, musicians and thinkers, American photographer Tim Carpenter argues passionately — in one main essay and a series of lively digressions — that photography is unique among the arts in its capacity for easing the fundamental ache of our mortality; for managing the breach that separates the self from all that is not the self; for enriching one’s sense of freedom and personhood; and for cultivating meaning in an otherwise meaningless reality. Printed in three colors that reflect the various ‘voices’ of the book, the book is a unique and instructive contribution to the literature on photography: Carpenter’s research offers both a timely polemic and a timeless resource for those who use a camera.

I don’t know anybody who believes in photography more than Tim Carpenter. His book-length essay draws widely from literature, music, and philosophy, but it’s in service of his passionate sermon on photographs and their ability to elevate our experience of the world. Preach, Brother Tim! Preach!

– Alec Soth

Copies signed by Tim Carpenter

Weight 1 kg


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