ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern

£35.00

The early settlers dubbed California The Golden State, and The Land of Milk and Honey. Today there are the obvious ironies – sprawl, spaghetti junctions and skid row—but the place is not so easily distilled or visualised, either as a clichéd paradise or as its demise. There’s a strange kind of harmony when it’s all seen together—the sublime, the psychedelic, the self-destructive. Like all places, it’s unpredictable and contradictory, but to greater extremes.

The pictures in this book begin in the desert east of Los Angeles and move west through the city, ending at the Pacific. The people, places, and animals in the book did exist before Halpern’s camera, but he has sewn these photographs into a work of fiction or fantasy—a structure, sequence and edit which, like Los Angeles itself, teeters on the brink of collapsing under the weight of its own strangely-shaped mass.

 

 

128 pages
24cm x 29cm

Silkscreen printed hardcover

Published by Mack books 2016

First edition, Third printing

ISBN: 978-1-910164-65-5

 

£35.00

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