Recently my work was presented at MoMa PS1. Saul Robbins - photographer, curator and Adjunct Professor of Photography at ICP - was giving a speech about three books by young photographers during NY Art Book Fair : Charlotte Zellerhoff's Day in day out, Stephen K. Shuster's Kelly and emptybottles of mine.
As you might be familliar with my emptybottles you should have a look at stories revealed by Charlotte and Stephen - all three projects are our first publications and are based on a strongly personal perspective.
Many thanks to Saul, Charlotte and Stephen for leting me publish their efforts :)
Day in day out
photographs Charlotte Zellerhoff
words Saul Robbins
photographs Stephen K. Shuster
words Saul Robbins
Kelly, by Stephen K. Schuster, reflects back upon his two-year relationship with Kelly, a young woman as comfortable in front of his camera as any artist could hope for. At first glance Stephen’s book appears as a repository of rich experiences and deeply felt love, a memory book culled from thousands of tender glances and subtle observations made during his incessant image making. The examples of intimacy and closeness here are elegant in their softness, the quality of contact and distance, and the beauty of light that rests between these two, all while chronicling a story now finished. Looking closer, there are hints of independence and distance, signifying perhaps reservations between the artist and his muse. These subvert viewers’ desires for longevity, rendering our expectations and the appearance of a lovely young romance obsolete. Kelly is an elegy, revealing something less obvious from a distance, about a time once precious and sacrosanct. Perhaps, in a gesture of great trust, we have been exposed to the unconscious sensitivity of the artist that preceded their breakup.