Out of the Corner of My Eye.
Photographys by Silvia Plachy.
Umbrage Editions, New York, 2008. 87 pp.,
The legendary photographer Richard Avedon wrote of Sylvia Plachy: 'She makes me laugh and she breaks my heart. She is moral. She is everything a photographer should be.'
Plachy's poetic and visually stunning work brilliantly combines memoir and wry observation in this major retrospective collection of images ranging over forty years. Capturing the curiousness of everyday events, Plachy's pictures combine personal narrative with public display, and-through the immediacy of her experience-encapsulate the timelessness of metaphor and dream. 'What makes you push the shutter has to do with seeking a kind of perfection, a harmony in the world,' Plachy says. 'You are instinctively aware it's there, but you've got to be completely alert and quick and so deeply awake that it moves you.'
Known for her weekly pictures in The Village Voice, Sylvia Plachy has published widely in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Fortune, The Smithsonian, Wired, Aperture, Artforum, Metropolis, Grand Street, and Granta, among others. She has exhibited widely and has authored numerous books and exhibitions. Plachy was born in Budapest, Hungary, to parents who hid during the Nazi persecution only to escape the Hungarian revolution, buried under corn in the back of a truck. She now lives in New York City with her husband Elliott Brody, and is the mother of Academy Awardwinning actor Adrien Brody. 'Tremendously gifted and talented as an artist, she is also a real survivor and the hardest working person I know,' says her son.