Live Through This.
Photographs by Tony Fouhse.
Straylight Press, 2012. 86 pp., color illustrations throughout, 9x9".
Signed copies available!
Live Through This' tells the story of drug addict Stephanie MacDonald's struggle to get clean. Typically a topic for documentary photographers pursuing reportage through candid shots, this project instead relies mostly on collaborative portraits, in which Tony Fouhse enlists MacDonald to sometimes mimic the conventions of documentary and anthropological photography. The images of MacDonald, like the world she inhabits, are both banal and extraordinary, conveying psychological, and sometimes physiological, states with an affecting economy of detail. The inclusion of medical documents and text by MacDonald, both written on scraps of paper and from later emails, provides the viewer with a broken and incomplete narrative that nonetheless directs our comprehension of Fouhse's disturbing but sympathetic photographs.
Softcover, 9x9 inches, 86 pages plus a removeable 8 page booklet that tells the story in Stephanie’s own words, from her point of view. Printed on a 4 color press, LIVE THROUGH THIS is limited to an edition of 750 copies.