Photographs by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. Text by Sandra Phillips and Robert Forth
Distributed Art Publishers', New York, 2003. 108 pp., 25 black-and-white and 61 duotone illustrations, 9¾x9".
Over the past few years—really ever since the publication of
Andrew Roth's fantastic and hotly debated The Book of 101
Books—several of the titles listed there have found their way
back to the printer, given new life as either facsimile reprints
or in brand-new editions. William Eggleston's Guide (cat#
PK780H), Joel Sternfeld's American Prospects (cat# PK888H),
and Moi Ver's Paris (cat# PK814S) immediately come to mind.
Evidence now joins that short list. Originally published in 1977
to much acclaim, Evidence is a rather straightforward book.
David Levi Strauss sums it up in his description in The Books
of 101 Books. "The concept for this book is clear-select photographs
intended to be used as objective evidence and
show that it is never that simple..." Mike Mandel and Larry
Sultan combed through the photographic archives and
repositories of over 100 corporations and government, educational,
and medical institutions. Presented as formal
objects, these evidential images are transformed into art
photographs, calling into question all sorts of basic assumptions
about the nature of truth and objectivity. This new edition
contains a fresh group of photographs from a previously
untapped archives, as well as a scholarly essay by Sandra
Phillips of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Evidence is now available as a digital edition. Order by clicking the iBooks icon below.
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