Artwork by Luis Jacob.
Walther Konig, Koln, 2007. 160 pp., Illustrated throughout, 6¾x9¾".
Album III is the book version of Luis
Jacob’s installation for 2007’s
Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany.
The project consists of hundreds of
images found and copied from various
books, magazines and other
publications, as well as the Internet.
This exhaustive volume is 160 pages
long and minimally designed, with
only two to five images on a page—
no text, no descriptions. The images
speak for themselves. Coming from
public sources, the pictures are
grouped on each page formally, conceptually
and intuitively, so that, for
example, on a given page one might
find a grainy black-and-white photograph
of a pile of sausages in a
butcher’s window next to a saturated
color image of a boxer’s punching
bag. The reader is invited to
make his or her own associations
and invent narratives through these
visual puns. Sometimes humorous,
sometimes bland and even sometimes
devastating, this museum of
found photography incorporates
images that span from the early
twentieth century to today.
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