Thursday, October 04, 2007

Putting Back the Wall

    © John Gossage, All Rights Reserved

John Gossage and Loosestrife Editions have just published Putting Back the Wall, the final volume in Gossage's Berlin Series, which also includes the excellent Berlin in the Time of the Wall. Comprised of photographs from 1982-89, the book explores the psychological territory of the Berlin wall. Although documentary in the loosest sense, Gossage's poetic images "promise clarity - yet deliver only mystery or might promise invention and fiction - yet actually deliver truth."
     © John Gossage, All Rights Reserved

Although the Berlin Wall is the central focus of the work, the two volumes use the wall as a touch stone to explore the forgotten and unwanted histories, the fragmented landscapes and detris that surround the wall and city. While Gossage's work began as a trip to exhibit photographs and conduct a workshop at the Werkstatt für Fotografie in Kreuzburg, it has evolved into deep engagement with the German political and social landscape.

    © John Gossage, All Rights Reserved
    © John Gossage, All Rights Reserved

Using the book as the primary vehicle and statement of his work, Gossage has produced a powerful and unique body of work. From The Pond to Putting Back the Wall, Gossage's work continues to explore the nature of the politicized landscape in fascinating ways. The book also includes two excellent essays by Gerry Badger and Thomas Weski. You can get a copy here and here.


J. Gossage said...

Thanks for the kind words about the book.


Adam B. Bell said...

Thanks for reading the blog, John. I can't tell you what an honor it is to have you leave the first comment ever on my blog.

I'm a huge fan of your work and love the new book.


Federico said...

Thanks for pointing this one out. I knew Gossage's name -not his photographs- from an interview I did to Paul Graham a long time ago (Graham praised his work). Then I came across direct examples more recently through blogs like this one, 5B4, and Tim Atherton's. From what I see here, both the pictures and the design of the book are exquisite. So many times it happens that the pictures are (or I find them to be) good but the book sort of sinks... I find it inspiring then when attention is paid to context where the pictures appear, and of course good taste.

Adam B. Bell said...

thanks Fredrico.

The book is really fantastic. The companion volume, at a whooping 400 pages, is equally amazing.

Gosage is a great photographer and designer, not only for his own work, but with others as well. Although often hard to find or quickly out of print, they are definitely worth hunting down.