Kevin Bond’s Favorite Book from 2019

Elf Dalia by Maja Daniels.   Published by Mack.

Maja Daniels’ first book, Elf Dalia, is a captivating narrative interpretation of the unique history of the Swedish town of Älvdalen. Daniels photographed in Älvdalen from 2012 to 2017, where she discovered the work of a local inventor, mechanic and photographer, Tenn Lars Persson (1878–1938). Daniels’ photographs accompany Perrson’s archive from the century before her; their images are woven together with text from the language unique to this small town. The result reads like epic fiction, a mysterious fantasy coinciding with historical fact.

Kevin Bond is an artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His photographic career began at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and continued through an artist fellowship at Peters Valley School of Craft. It was there he cultivated a love of alternative processes and multidisciplinary practice and discovered the value of teaching and mentorship. In Santa Fe, he has worked for Bostick & Sullivan, where he expanded his knowledge of and experimentation with photographic chemistry, and photo-eye Bookstore, where he is steeped in inspiring work.