Photographs by Christopher Churchill. Essay by Arno Rafael Minkkinen.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2011. 112 pp., 48 duotone illustrations, 12x13".
Christopher Churchill’s debut monograph 'American Faith' offers a unique perspective into the collective nature of the word 'faith.' It explores the way both secular and non-secular individuals address the basic need to be connected to something greater. Churchill approaches this task without dogma or judgment; his travels steer us through brothels, mega churches, and into living rooms, always with honesty and respect for the subjects. Interspersed we find quiet, expansive landscapes that give a geographical context to the scope of the project. Using an 8 x 10-inch view camera, Churchill manages to depict an intimate presence with each photograph. The individual portraits are paired with interviews of the subjects. We find at the end a beautiful and deep commonality in the way that individuals search for a voice and meaning to their lives. Christopher Churchill’s works are held in many public collections including The Center for Creative Photography; The Corcoran Gallery; The J. Paul Getty Museum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This first printing of American Faith is limited to 1,000 casebound copies. Produced and distributed by Nazraeli Press for JGS, Inc.
Read Antone Dolezal's review of American Faith in photo-eye Magazine.