Place: New York
Publisher: Self published
Size: 25 x 21 cm (approx.)
Hardcover, cloth bound with dustjacket (Preproduction review edition) - not released yet, should be out due Spring 2015.
Since the beginning of my return to photography in 2004, my work has been reviewed and encouraged by many other well-known photographers including Mary Ellen Mark. "You know that I think you have a great eye and are a really fine street photographer. I especially like the ones that have humor because you have a wonderful sense of humor and you're able to express that in your photographs," Mark said of my work in 2009. Besides Reed, photographers Norman Mauskopf, Erwitt, David Alan Harvey, Bruce Gilden, Maggie Steber, Harvey Stein, and curator of photography Roy Flukinger of the UT Harry Ransom Center, have helped cull my archives for the best of the best, to edit and sequence my photographs, and, perhaps most importantly, help me believe in myself.
My book will be a collection of approximately 100 black & white photographs taken between 2004 and 2011 in the US and Europe. Some of the photographs will draw the reader into the midst of some unusual situations, some will provoke a laugh, some will give the reader pause and a reason to think about what it means to be human and alive in the 21st century.
I, as the photographer, am a witness to life in our times, a Fair Witness. The title, Fair Witness, comes from the famous science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. A character in the novel, Mr. Cavendish, sums up what it means to be such by saying, “I am a Fair Witness, sir. Not a participant.”
The design of the book will be horizontal in shape roughly 9x12” in size. The photographs will all be on the right-hand pages facing a blank page on the left. There will be no text on the page including no page number. A page number will appear on the facing page. There will be nothing to distract the reader from being absorbed into the spontaneous moment of each photograph. The photographs will be sequenced in such a way as to create a gentle roller coaster ride of emotional response.