Photographs by Stu Levy.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2010. 108 pp., 68 duotone illustraions, 10x13".
Signed copies available!
In the mid-1980s, Stu Levy began making “grid-portraits” in order to overcome his his frustration with traditional portraiture’s limited point of view. These constructs of photographs, consisting of twelve to twenty-five individual images, scan the architecture and flow of time in a subject’s living or working environment. The resulting portraits, usually of artists, craftspeople and musicians, are made in the subjects’ studios or living spaces and serve as a backstage tour of the artist’s mind and creative process. Levy is fascinated by the artifacts that fill these spaces – the possessions by which the subjects are themselves possessed. Rather than confining himself to a single “decisive” moment, Levy explore its antithesis, a maze of scrambled time. These are made with a view camera using 4 x 5-inch negatives to allow for precision of detail. The sections are printed together to form the illusion of glancing through a window at a “snapshot” of an event, which in reality might consist of fragmentary views made months apart and in totally separate rooms or environments. Among the subjects included in this important new monograph are Dr. Stanley Burns, Linda Connor, Barbara Crane, Jay Dusard, David Hockney, Graham Nash, and Jerry Uelsmann. Beautifully printed in duotone on matt art paper and bound in black Japanese cloth, this first printing of “Grid-Portraits is limited to 1,000 copies.
About the Limited Edition
DeLuxe Edition: Limted to 60 copies in a clam shell box; offered with two print choices (archival inkjet prints, each in an edition of 30).
Read the photo-eye Blog post on this book here.