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Shock and Awe.
Photographs by Ethan Rafal.
self-published, Boulder, USA, 2015. In English. 152 pp., 123 four-color illustrations, 10x10".

Signed copies available!

Publisher's Description

A twelve-year, autobiographical project examining the relationship between protracted war and homeland decay, Shock and Awe is a meticulously crafted image, text, and found object journal that blurs the line between author and subject, and personal and authoritative histories. Completed over countless years traveling the United States, the project pulls from the traditions of documentary photography and writing set on the American road. 

The first edition reproduces both the look and feel of the original, hand-made journal, which was created with transfer prints, found materials, handwriting, and bound in the remains of an abandoned vehicle. The first edition includes all original elements, including strap closure. All prints were carefully matched, every inch of every page has been reproduced. 

Shock and Awe was made by middle-class workers in Spain. The paper was sustainably harvested in Finland. The cloth is from a mill in New England. Carbon created in production/shipping is being offset.

The Limited edition of Shock and Awe is printed in an edition of 100 signed and numbered copies. Housed in a custom box that functions as an illuminated light table. Contains a 1,000 piece puzzle of Freda Rafal, Queens, New York housed in a canvas bag, a vinyl LP of a live-recording of the performance of Shock and Awe housed in a custom wooden LP sleeve, an archival pigment  transfer printed on glass, and a signed first edition copy of Shock and Awe.

 



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