Photographs by Mike Slack.
The Ice Plant, 2009. 80 pp., 41 color illustrations, 7x9".
Los Angeles-based photographer Mike Slack’s
Pyramids commemorates an era that ended
towards the close of 2008, when Polaroid
stopped production of its self-developing film.
Slack’s work celebrates the beauty and mystery
of this beloved medium, with a volume that
continues the striking aesthetic of his previous
titles, OK OK OK (2002) and Scorpio (2006),
rounding out a trilogy of stand-alone volumes
that together form a series of 123 pictures.
Slack’s most recent Polaroids collection captures
everyday scenes of quiet drama—a dust storm
in the desert, stairways and windows, schoolchildren
on a field trip—that manage to eschew
nostalgia, and which are charged instead with
an atmosphere of anticipation. Printed at their
actual size, the Polaroids are presented on the
page as physical artifacts of cryptic events to be
narrated by the viewer. While the title of this
book derives from a group of three early 1970s
office buildings in Indianapolis called The
Pyramids, the deeper implication is that photographs
themselves (Polaroids in particular) are,
like the ancient pyramids, containers of the vanishing
past fading into the future.
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