In Almost Every Picture #4.
Edited by Erik Kessels. Essay by Tyler Whisnand.
KesselsKramer, Amsterdam, 2006. 156 pp., 72 b&w illustrations, 6x8".
Each book in Erik Kessels’s series of vintage
photography portfolios highlights the work of an
unknown amateur, often one obsessively revisiting
a single subject In Almost Every Picture. The first
edition collected a dozen years of vacation photographs
taken by a husband of his wife, which
were bought at a flea market in Spain. (The editor’s
offer to return them to any confirmed relative of
the subject stands.) This latest collection stars
a pair of twin sisters, fraternal but meticulously
identically styled—in dresses, coats, belts, shoes,
pocketbooks, gloves and often hairdos—and proud
of the relationship they have dressed up to display.
The setting is Barcelona during World War II
and the knowledge that an immense tragedy is
unfolding nearby intensifies the preciousness of
their joy, until tragedy invades that too. In the last
pages, one sister poses alone, off-center, as if to
save a place for her other half. Readers can only
wonder what has changed.
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