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An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar

Books > Art books

Taryn Simon
2007
Foreword by Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Steidl
Language: English
Format: Hardcover / Clothbound
Size: 34 x 26 cm
Pages: 152
Still shrink wrapped
174.51$

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In An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Taryn Simon documents spaces that are integral to Americas foundation, mythology and daily functioning, but remain inaccessible or unknown to a public audience. She has photographed rarely seen sites from domains including: science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security and religion. This index examines subjects that, while provocative or controversial, are currently legal. The work responds to a desire to discover unknown territories, to see everything.

Simon makes use of the annotated-photographs capacity to engage and inform the public. Transforming that which is off-limits or under-the-radar into a visible and intelligible form, she confronts the divide between the privileged access of the few and the limited access of the public. Photographed with a large format view camera (except when prohibited), Simons 70 colour plates form a seductive collection that reflects and reveals a national identity.

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