An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar | Tarym Simon (Seidl)
in mint condition !
Preface Salman Rushdie
Hardcover 25.5 x 34 cm
ISBN 978-3-86521-380-8 1. edition 02/2007
In An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Taryn Simondocuments spaces that are integral to Americas foundation, mythology and daily functioning, but remain inaccessible or unknown to a public audience. She has photographed rarely seen sites from domains including: science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security and religion. This index examines subjects that, while provocative or controversial, are currently legal. The work responds to a desire to discover unknown territories, to see everything.
Simon makes use of the annotated-photographs capacity to engage and inform the public. Transforming that which is off-limits or under-the-radar into a visible and intelligible form, she confronts the divide between the privileged access of the few and the limited access of the public. Photographed with a large format view camera (except when prohibited), Simons 70 colour plates form a seductive collection that reflects and reveals a national identity.