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Mathematics.
Photographs by Peter Fraser. Text by Peter Fraser, Mark Durden, and David Campany.
Skinnerboox, Jesi, Italy, 2017. 76 pp., 52 four-color illustrations, 9¾x12¼".

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'I have approached the making of these new photographs very much with these ideas in mind—that mathematics can explain the world, or at least describe it in a way that approaches an explanation. Furthermore, with an understanding that our fascination with, and use of, mathematics is by no means morally neutral, I asked a number of the people portrayed in this series to imagine that they had just discovered that something they had always believed to be true had just been found to be a lie. I invite the viewer to do likewise and, in considering these new images, to imagine how complex mathematics might give form to everything we see in them.' —Peter Fraser

'This is an unusual series of photographs. Peter Fraser has shot them in many countries and his motifs could hardly be more varied. Only the theme of mathematics, as the photographer has understood it, could have brought these pictures together. And what of the enigmatic portraits that punctuate the series? Fraser has revealed that just before taking photographing five or six of these people he asked them to imagine that something they had held to be true for most of their life had just been proved wrong. We do not know what these people were thinking, what axiom each has imaginatively and momentarily undone. Fraser could not have known either. But in those brief states of self-critical thought, when contemplation was itself being contemplated, he photographed them. These portraits anchor the project but they also provide its most reflexive moments. There are deep affinities between the states of mind depicted here and what Fraser might be inviting from us, his flawed and inconsistent audience.' —David Campany


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