Elisabeth Tonnard


This is a pocket book, good for bringing along on a sea journey. This imagetext tries to evoke the feeling of a bewildered traveling. The words are awkwardly placed, and clearly out of their element. Still they continue on, going somewhere. The goddess whispers. The sea of the book is composed of two photographs I found in a family album lost in an archive. The text cuts through Samuel Butler’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey.

Digital print, perfect bound paperback, 106 pages. Rochester, NY 2007.

A new print run became available in September 2015. For this print run a few typographical changes were introduced, plus the cover is now in black and white and no longer laminated.

Priced at 35 euro, plus shipping. Order in the webshop or per email.

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The book received an honorable mention in the Photography Book Now competition of 2011.

The book is included in the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Beinecke library, Bibliothèque Kandinsky (Centre Pompidou), Bibliothèque nationale de France, Bodleian Library (special collections at Weston Library), Columbia University, Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, International Center of Photography Library (New York), Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature, John M. Flaxman Library at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago (Joan Flasch collection), Kunstbibliothek (Berlin), Kunst- und museumsbibliothek Köln (Museum Ludwig), MoMA Library, National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), Nederlands Fotomuseum, Tate Library and Archive, The New York Public Library, University of the Arts London (Chelsea College of Art and Design), UWE (Bower Ashton) Library, Winchester School of Art Library, Yale University Library, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (Munich).

Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

March 17, 2008 at 9:05 pm