Confluence and Consequence.
Photographs by Craigie Horsfield. Edited by Catherine de Zegher. Text by Bart de Baere, Carol Armstrong, Craigie Horsfield.
Ludion, 2011. 248 pp., 130 color illustrations, 8x11".
Craigie Horsfield’s incredibly moving
photographic and video meditations
on the phenomenon of the
crowd elicit a magical sensation of
life passing by at great speed, with
both warmth and sadness.
Horsfield grasps that the very idea
of the crowd transforms itself constantly,
both in specific circumstances
of congregation (such as
dance) and as an historical phenomenon:
today we rarely envisage
a crowd as a positive agency of
social change, for example.
Commonly identified as a photographer,
Horsfield has often worked
in other media—video, sound,
drawing, performance and installation—
but this volume broaches
new terrain, reproducing a series of
tapestries titled Confluence and
Consequence (a title which might
stand for the artist’s fascination
with crowd activity). The rich
metaphors of weaving in relation
to crowds, and the warmth of fabric
itself, responding to Horsfield’s
imagery, are amply conveyed in this
beautifully produced volume.