In the autumn of 1972, a delegation of Japanese police officials visited the United States to study traffic control in several large cities, including New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The unofficial photographer for the delegation was Eizo Ota, an inspector with the law enforcement department of the Yamanashi Prefecture, and he produced a record of the group’s travels that might best be described as forensic tourism.
Using Inspector Ota’s snapshots as launching points, Brad Zellar plundered traffic manuals, haiku anthologies, the Watergate transcripts, and The Godfather for textual inspiration. The mysterious result is a Zen travelogue through 1972 America.
From a collection of 60 C-Prints, a mix-and-match assortment of 17 will be hand-tipped into individual volumes, making each book a singular work of art.
“During these last days of the administration, what is the point of protest, satire or any other sort of rabble-rousing? In assembling this collection of pictures I’ve made over the last eight years, I’m not really trying to accomplish much at all. But as president Bush once said, “One of the great things about books is, sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.” – Alec Soth
If Lydia Davis and Stephen Shore had a baby, it might grow up to look like our 2nd’ LBM storybook: Man with Bouy. In twelve stories mixing text, photographs and color patches, Seth Lower carves a path between cryptography and banality. “How does the storyteller say he’s tired,” his last story ends. “Yarn.”
In the spirit of the classic Little Golden Books for children, Alec Soth’s publishing venture, Little Brown Mushroom, is releasing a series of photographic storybooks for grown-ups. The first book, ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks,’ is by the Australian photographer Trent Parke. With his fierce and inimitable photographic style, Parke takes the reader along on a magic bed of free association from Down Under. Treguna, Makoidees, Trecorum, Sadis Dee!