Archipelago by Matthew Porter. First edition (2015). First impression. Large format hardback in as new condition. Signed, dated and located with dedication by Matthew Porter to front end page. No markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Archipelago is a journey into an interior, upriver, towards an enigmatic hinterland. At any one instance, Matthew Porter sets up correlations between disparate images. Configured on each page like islands in an archipelago, clusters which form their own, indigenous subjects. Short texts, placed at intervals, then reveal the connective tissue binding varied subjects – Jane Fonda and the Vietnam War, the Hawaiian Island of Kaua’i and Hollywood. What interests Porter is the legacy of the photographic image, as well as its capacity to reach across history. To then make intelligible to us what we already know, or, meet at the right moment. That which we could not otherwise know.
“Porter’s stills function like portals”, writes Lindsay Caplan, “obliquely suggestive of historical events, modernist styles, and also codified genres, sometimes all at the same time… this very modern condition in which knowing too much but also knowing too little invoke the same visceral state”.
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