Photographs by Roger Palmer.
Fotohof Editions, Austria, 2012. 176 pp., 100 black & white illustrations, 9½x11½".
Glasgow-based artist Robert Palmer combines photography, wall-drawing, video, text and other media into powerful work commenting on representation of landscape, and its relationship to colonial and post-colonial discourse in places like South Africa and Australia. This second monograph for Palmer, which includes 84 gelatin-silver photographs made from 2001-2011, is divided into three sections – Latitude, Circulation and Longitude – made on different journeys. Palmer says his photos are not about describing the world, but “much more about bringing together different fragments of the world into one location, and that location is the photographic picture plane.” The book also includes an essay by Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain, in which she recalls her experiences as Palmer’s travelling companion on a journey through South Africa.