An American Index Of The Hidden and Unfamiliar. Designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon. Preface by Salman Rushdie. Essays by Elisabeth Sussman, Christina Kukielski and Ronal Dworkin. Steidl, Gottingen, 2007. 152pp. Tall quarto. First printing. Hardbound. No jacket as issued. Original sticker on publisher's shrink wrap. 70 color reproductions.
"In An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Taryn Simon documents spaces that are integral to America’s 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-photograph’s 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), Simon’s 70 color plates form a seductive collection that reflects and reveals a national identity."--the publisher
Faint smudge above front title; otherwise Fine+.