JUDE, Ron. Alpine Star. (Ithaca, New York): A-Jump Books, (2006).

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JUDE, Ron.
Alpine Star.
(Ithaca, New York): A-Jump Books, (2006).

8vo (216 × 158 mm), pp.[92]. Black-and-white photographs. Black-and-white photo-illustrated perfect bound wrappers. Fine.

First edition of 500 copies, Jude’s first book. The photographs in Alpine Star were drawn from issues of the weekly newspaper from Ron Jude’s hometown of McCall in Central Idaho. They are re-presented here as an attempt to engage with the various fictions held in our collective memories.

‘We find at work something far stranger than the standard assault on a photographic “code” that has undermined most discussion of the subject. This is not just another deconstruction of photography as if it were a kind of conceptual problem to be solved and explicated, but rather an irrational poetics of the archive. Jude has fashioned an uncanny anti-narrative, its precise structure defined by a tension native to photography itself. The result is more than just the sum of its parts – he achieves, in this minimal way, a very satisfying and provocative ambiguity’ (Darren Campion, The Incoherent Light).


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