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AMERICAN ARTIFACTS: PHIL BERGERSON. Margaret Atwood and Nathan Lyons. Black Dog Publishing Limited, London, 2014. Published in association with Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University, Toronto. 158 pp. with 123 col. ills. 28 x 31 cm. ISBN 9781908966353 In English.
Publisher's description: American Artifacts is a complex and poetic photographic portrait of America as it simmered its way through the first decade of the twenty-first century. It reflects that span of years some have called the "lost" decade. American Artifacts is a personal exploration by an empathetic neighbor -- the Canadian documentary photographer Phil Bergerson (Born Toronto, 1947). Much like the discovery process of the archaeologist, Bergerson describes his photographic approach as sifting through the remains of a culture -- sifting through the shards of artifacts left behind by a rushing humanity as it made its way through the streets of a tumultuous America. His book is a collection of these message shards -- often ironic, sometimes full of pathos. All represent the concerns of a struggling humanity: their fears, desires, and hopes with many images vibrating between reality and metaphor. A variety of recurring themes are reflected in photographs of shop window displays, and in the objects and signs from the forgotten corners of hundreds of towns and cities he visited. In organizing his 120 color photographs to best portray the complexity of America, Bergerson turned to the art of sequencing as his primary expressive, vehicle.
Artist(s):Bergerson, Phil
Indexing: Western — Canada — Post-1990 — Photography
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 155592
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