Volte-Face by Oliver Curtis. First edition first impression in new condition. Flat signed by Oliver Curtis to title page. No markings. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. This is a brand new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Curtis comments, “I found myself looking back in the direction I had arrived from, with the pyramid behind me. Under a veil of smog lay the city of Giza. Immediately in front of me the sand of the desert was adorned with an assortment of human detritus; litter, pieces of rusted metal, a large rubber washer and a torn hessian sack. Then, in the mid-distance I saw a newly constructed golf course, its fairways an intense green under the late morning sun. This visual sandwich of contrasting colour, texture and form was intriguing not least because of the oddness of my position; standing at one of the great wonders of the world facing the ‘wrong’ way.”
Taken over a period of four years, Volte-Face is an invitation to turn around and see a new aspect of the over-photographed sites of the world – to gaze elsewhere and to favour the incidental over the monumental. Much of what is seen when one turns away may initially seem mundane, the antithesis of the famous construction. These landscapes are in every sense over-looked. They emit a quiet history and a subtle narrative. It is easy to forget that these attractions are also places of work, staffed by janitors, security guards, cleaners and office guards, who have a lack of awe born from daily exposure. Yet despite the landmarks not being present, the images are still suffused with their aura.
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