Skip.
Photographs and text by David Newsom.
Perceval Press, Santa Monica, 2005. 41 pp., color illustrations throughout, 6x9¼".
ICP's email newsletter contains a “Photo Tip of the Month, which this past October was all about collecting photobooks. Daniel Thiem (web coordinator and senior sales manager of the ICP Store) suggested that with so many books on the market it basically comes down to taste, collectibility and price. True enough. And for me, this little gem of a book fits the criteria. I could get lost in the photographs of snowcovered thistles that blanket the endpapers, the warm sunlight and blue skies. But the heart of this book is the story of Skip, a 50-something-year-old child who has finally found his place in Idaho, and of a family who has finally found a sense of peace. SKIP, in many ways, is a personal letter with photos from actor and photographer David Newsom to us, his audience. He describes the book as a kind of poem in images and words, about [his] oldest brother, [his] family, and the pursuit of home. It is also a flat out love letter to the Teton Valley in Idaho. The vibrant color photographs taken over a span of ten years portray a world of reverie that the lens of his plastic Holga camera enhances. Skip, a man with mental disabilities, probably never knew the beauty that would await him in Idaho. There is such a stark difference between the walls of institutions and group homes of New Jersey and the majestic landscape of the West, and clearly the influence of the expansiveness of the landscape has done wonders for him. David and Skip— brothers who grew up divided by fourteen years of age, geography and understanding—exist in the exact same world of the eternal moment of the photograph. With a print run of only 1000, Perceval Press has indeed made this personal and visual narrative a collectible.-LARISSA LECLAIR Read Publisher's Description.

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