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SIMON, Taryn.An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar.(Göttingen): Steidl, (2007).4to (336 × 255 mm), pp.152. 4 colour illustrations in introduction, 57 colour photographs. Foreword by Salman Rushdie, introduction by Elizabeth Sussman and Tina Kukielski, commentary by Ronald Dworkin. Black endpapers. Dark grey cloth-covered boards, panels blocked in black to front and spine with text in gilt. Fine.First edition. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar comprises of photographs made in public and private establishments which each have an affect on society, but about which little is known. They include private corporations, research facilities, government agencies.‘These scrupulously neutral photographs and dead-pan, no doubt accurate captions, which seem stranger at each read, do tell us something about society, but exactly what it is difficult to say. They certainly clearly tell us that a photograph of a thing, however apparently lucid, can say very little about it. That is one of the contradictions of the report mode: a fact recorded with transparent intent can be maddeningly mysterious, and this makes Index one of the best surrealist books of recent years’ (The Photobook).Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol.III p.142.
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