Photographs by Collier Schorr.
SteidlMACK, 2009. 60 pp., 40 color illustrations., 9¾x12¼".
The American photographer Collier Schorr has
been working in Southern Germany for the past
13 years, compiling Forest and Fields, a fictional
documentary portrait of a small town inhabited
by historical apparitions. Merging the roles of
war photographer, traveling portraitist, anthropologist
and family historian, Schorr interweaves
tales of war, emigration and family. As an ongoing
suite of artist’s books, Forests and Fields is
also a project about bookmaking. In the latest
installment, Blumen, Schorr moves away from
portraying the figure and instead creates
arrangements of objects against the landscapes
and domestic or commercial settings of her
much-investigated town.When people do appear
in Blumen, they are usually props in a larger
examination of this dialogue between objects
and landscape. Flowers, signage, plums, chairs
and plaster fawns are the real protagonists of
this volume, further detailing the daily life of the
townspeople of Schwabish Gmund. A boxed,
numbered and signed special edition of the complete
set of the Forest and Fields series will be
available when the project has been completed.
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