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Published 2001 | 64 pp
13.25" x 10.75"

Cloth cover boards
Out of Print
Edition size: 50

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Was Here
by Emily McVarish

"Was Here takes photography and the book as distinct metaphors for History, playing them off one another to provoke and unwind their respective implications. As markers of a former presence and constellations of the unfulfilled, photographs punch holes in the book's inherent pretenses of organicism and linearity, calling attention to the citational nature of the book's ver element, language. On the other hand, with its potential to carry out alternation and repetition over paginated time, a book can make tangible the temporal and ontological paradoxes at the heart of every photographic image. With obvious compositional and material attention to the medium (letterpress) in which both texts and photographs—labels and vignettes, captions and scenes, statements and evidence—are presented, Was Here seeks signs of the historical truths that link reproducibility and transcendence." - Emily McVarish

Designed and printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine by McVarish. All copies are signed and numbered by the artist. 10 hors commerce, 40 for sale.


Page Details
pp. 2-3
pp. 4-5
pp. 26-27
pp. 38-39
pp. 64-65

Emily McVarish

Links to Other Sites
Artists' Books Online entry

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