Pretty Much Everything (Vol. 1).
Photographs by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Text by Bruce Sterling.
Edition 7L, Paris, 2007. 320 pp., 300 color illustrations, 11¾x11¾".
Pretty Much Everything (Vol. I) is the first of two anthologies that will
compile Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s collaborative photography
of the past 20 years. Each book will eventually contain over 300
examples of the couple’s art, fashion and portraiture, freed from their
original contexts in magazine features, ads or exhibitions. Images have
been paired based not on chronological order but on the relationships
between their subjects:“It is a reflection of how all our photographs have
been living together in our heads for the past 20 years.”This first volume
includes a collaboration with graphic design duo Mathias Augustyniak
and Michael Amzalag of M/M Paris, with whom van Lamsweerde and
Matadin have been working for the past decade. M/M Paris uses the
book’s midsection to highlight and illustrate van Lamsweerde and
Matadin’s most recent exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery, The Now
People Part 2: Life on Earth. And in place of an introduction, Volume I
begins with a short story from the acclaimed science fiction writer Bruce
Sterling, who used van Lamsweerde and Matadin as inspiration:“Marcel
printed our newsletter, made of flammable ink on explosive flashpaper.
Marcel printed only the hottest source material: spycam stills. Tapped
phone calls. Insider trading tips. All the stolen specs for next season’s couture.
Marcel’s publications literally burnt the skin off the fingers of his
readers. Forced to print in bulk to meet ever-growing prurient demands,
Marcel had accidentally blown both his hands off. Thanks to Sighmaster,
Marcel now wore his late mother’s hands.”
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