Postcards From America
Over the past 18 months, a loose group of Magnum photographers periodically has gathered in locations across America to experiment with the notion of working collaboratively. Photography is often seen as a solitary pursuit, but the aim of the Postcards from America project is for the photographers to try to play like a band, in search of a kind of polyphonic visual sound.
To date there have been four trips: Through the Southwest; over the mountains to Utah; in Rochester, New York; and most recently to Florida during the Presidential election.
Each trip is structured differently, and each is an experiment and a challenge. While still in the field, photographers post pictures - "live" and unmediated - to the project tumblr, postcardsfromamerica.tumblr.com
. Eventually, a more reflective edit is also produced, and the resulting publications are made available here.
Postcards from America IV: Florida, October/November 2012
Swap Shop Magazine Available Now! $19
During the eight weeks surrounding the 2012 election, eleven photographers gathered in Florida, twelve years after the disputed vote that arguably changed the course of the 21st century. Although the photographers worked independently, they moved towards some common themes: The stunning number of disenfranchised voters in Florida, the complicated processes through which realms of inclusion and exclusion are defined there, the difficulty of initially discerning deep political and philosophical divides among neighbors. Looking back at their work as a group, the photographers came to see both Florida and the American political process as a kind of swap shop: Places where ideas and identities are traded in, recycled, and acquired secondhand; open-air markets for consumption, garbage and reuse. This publication is the result.
With: Bruce Gilden, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Mark Power, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth, Zoe Strauss, Mikhael Subotzky, Donovan Wylie. 88 pages w/ 12 page insert.
Postcards From America I Box Set
Limited copies remaining.
In May 2011, five Magnum photographers – Paolo Pellegrin
, Jim Goldberg
, Susan Meiselas
, Alec Soth
, Mikhael Subotzky
– and a writer, Ginger Strand
, set out from Austin, Texas, in an RV. Two weeks and 1750 miles later, they arrived in Oakland, California.
The resulting limited edition book is a collection of objects – a book, five bumper stickers, a newspaper, two fold-outs, three cards, a poster and five zines, all in a signed and numbered box – that collectively document the experience. Edition of 500, signed by all five photographers and the writer. $350
Also available: Five signed archival 11x14 inch inkjet prints, one by each photographer. Edition of 25. Includes a copy of the book. Email for price