Slant by Aaron Schuman. First edition (2019). First impression. Medium format hardback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Inspired by local Police Reports, curator, photographer and editor Aaron Schuman uncovered a humorous – but disturbing – fear at the heart of Amherst.
Think of a horror or thriller, and you may think of the happy first half hour or so when everything seems to be going just fine. The Stepford Wives’ town initially seems like it’s perfect; The Vanishing opens with a couple going on a holiday. It’s only later that the tone takes a turn for the worse, before descending into something more substantially scary. That shift is something the residents of Amherst, Massachusetts seemingly live in fear of, because – while on the face of it their small town is an idyll – they’re constantly on the alert.
The police reports were gathered by Aaron Schuman – or rather by his father, who lives in the area. Schuman Jnr spotted the reports in the local paper four years ago when he went back to Amherst to see his family; amused by their slightly ludicrous goofiness, he asked his father to collect them and send them back to him in England, “partly for my own amusement, but also because I thought there might be the potential to do something with them”.
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