Welcome To Springfield – Michael Abrams


Loosestrife, 2012
1st edition
Hardback, 20×23 cm
156 pages, 135 black and white and color photographs
English text

In stock

SKU: ARC006 Category:

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.

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 23 × 20 cm


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