Two of Us.
By Elisabeth Tonnard.
Elisabeth Tonnard, 2007. 424 pp., Black & white illustrations throughout,
Signed copies available!
This book, designed and printed like a novel, reconstructs a pattern found in the immense archive of a street photographer working in San Francisco from the 40’s to the 70’s (the Joseph Selle collection at the Visual Studies Workshop). It shows countless doubles, walking the city streets. The images are combined with a poem by Baudelaire, which is broken apart into separate words, set, and rotated progressively at an angle below each photograph. Flipping the pages causes the words to pirouette as the poem reads sequentially from front-to-back on the recto and, on the verso, from back-to-front.