Things Come Apart.
A Teardown Manual for Modern Living.
Photographs by Todd McLellan.
W W Norton & Company Inc, New York, 2013. 175 pp., color illustrations throughout, 13½x9½".
Welcome to Todd McLellan's unique photographic vision of the material world: fifty design classics - arranged first by size, and then by intricacy - are beautifully displayed, piece by piece, exploding in midair, or dissected in real-time frame-by-frame video stills.
From swiss army knife to sewing machine, MacBook to microwave, accordion to aeroplane, each photograph is itself a work of art, and offers a reinterpretation of our familiar world. Every single component of each object is revealed. In addition, a component count vividly illustrates how technology has decreased in size while growing in complexity.
Superb photography is interspersed with essays by experts from the worlds of technological innovation, DIY and restoration who discuss teardowns, disassembly, and reverse-engineering.