Hardback, 20×23 cm
156 pages, 135 black and white and color photographs
In stock (can be backordered)
Michael Abrams’ second book continues the exploration of vernacular imagery and its power to access our latent memory.
Gathered from family albums, these photographs travel a winding path through an imaginary ‘Springfield’. Alternating between the sacred and the profane, black and white, the exquisite and the ordinary, the book is experienced as a cumulative impression of the remembered.
The cover image of a masked family opens the journey into an unexplored but oddly familiar world. Springfield creates a sense of place by interweaving snapshots with other evocative visual elements such as wallpaper remnants and newspaper clippings.
A short story by Gerry Badger is included separately, as a found object might be placed in an album for safekeeping: the story of resident Aaron Miller is interwoven with excerpts from ‘The Springfield Plan,’ a 1945 tract that identifies the racial schisms of mid-century America and suggests a radical plan for their resolution.
John Gossage’s masterful design includes a surprise on the back cover: a second little book hidden among the black pages, concealed from the eyes of the most inattentive among the readers of this imaginary album.
Abrams claims that everyone possesses a ‘Springfield’ within themselves. This is his own, and he gives it to us.