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Emily Sheffer's favorite book from 2018

The Splitting of the Chrysalis and the Slow Unfolding of the Wings by Yorgos Yatromanolakis is about place. It is never specified, but constantly unfolding in the bucolic subject matter, and dark blue and black hues that saturate the pages. Just the shadow of a fox rises into the heavenly night sky. Two trees stand bathed in light with a thin rope tied between them — one imagines they would both fall if the line was broken. Only the echo of a movement ripples outwards from an otherwise still body of water. The allegorical imagery feels like a stumbling fever dream through a familiar place. The size and length of the book is just right, as are the carefully chosen details on the hardcover design. It’s rare that I find a book that feels so complete within itself — as if it needs to live only in this form.


Emily Sheffer is a fine art photographer, bookmaker, and founder of Dust Collective, a handmade photography book project. She is based in Massachusetts. emilysheffer.com dustcollective.net