Photographs by Alvin Booth.
edition GALERIE VEVAIS, Switzerland, 2007. 128 pp., 70 tritone illustrations, 9x19".
Osmosis is a departure from Booth's earlier work.
Uncomfortably constrained by conventional photography
paper formats, Booth created his own paper, long and narrow,
the ideal complement for his attenuated and fragile figures. The
elongation of the original prints, the prefect accommodation
for his filiform figures, is suggested here in the oversize format
of the book.
While Booth's fascination with the figurative remains, his
'Osmosis' images are deliberately more abstract, diffuse, and
otherworldly than his previous works. The human form is
reduced to its bare lines, and like a delicate gouache the body
dissolves into the paper. The exquisite tones of the images and
the graceful, ghostly figures are suggestive of 19th-century photography, reflecting Booth's old-world techniques and approach
to the craft.
'(Booth's) pictures often seem painterly or drawn.... The figures in them appear alternately as pure form and corporeal
impression.... Mysteriously laden with narrative potential,
these works seem most successfully to speak to the sensibilities
of a perhaps irretrievable past.' ArtForum
Alvin Booth was born and raised in
Hull, England. His work is highly
valued on the international photography market, and has been exhibited in international museums and is
represented by some of the most
prestigious galleries in major cities
in the United States and Europe.
Edition Stemmle published his first
book Alvin Booth: Corpus in 1999.
Booth is based in New York City and
spends several months of the year in
ABOUT THE LIMITED EDITION:
The limited edition comes slipcased with 1 of 3, uniquely toned, 12 x 6' gelatin silver prints. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist, in an edition of 33 with 2 artist's proofs.
To view the prints, click here. This link shows all 3 prints, from left to right, A B and C. Please note when ordering.