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by Christopher Griffith

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ISBN: 9781576870570

by Christopher Griffith
Essay by Douglas Coupland

Photography / Americana
Clothbound
11.25 x 14.5 inches
146 pages including 2 double gatefolds
100 duotone photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-057-0

by Christopher Griffith
Essay by Douglas Coupland

Photography / Americana
Clothbound
11.25 x 14.5 inches
146 pages including 2 double gatefolds
100 duotone photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-057-0

Winner of the American Art Directors Club Silver Award 2000 For a Complete Book Series

Fresh fashion photographer Christopher Griffith had nothing less than a radical reinterpretation of American imagery—big machinery, high tech apparatuses, roadside detritus—in mind when he began assembling a crew to travel with him along the sideways and byways of a forgotten America to shoot—in stark, Avedon-esque fashion—the everyday, utilitarian things found dotting our contemporary landscape.

Searching out roadside ditches, abandoned gas stations, industrial parks, highway diner parking lots, small town fire houses, windblown prairies, and military air bases, Griffith and his team constructed huge backdrops around the forlorn subject, creating stark, decontextualized, and utterly magnificent renderings, in eye-popping detail, of things we see and forget without noticing. An airplane engine cowl. A beat-up pickup truck. An early model Lincoln. A larger-than-life earth mover. A squat fire plug. A sterling fire engine. A dusty traffic sign. A speeding locomotive. A colossal satellite dish. A baseball scoreboard, motel sign, rocket, oil refinery gas cylinder, basketball hoop, dock crane, bridge pylon cement mixer, dump truck, seesaw.

Repositing the famous Millerian dictum that “attention must be paid,” Griffith embarks on an ambitious journey to re—acquaint us with our disassociated objects of utility, still present in our lives by their sheer physicality, but devoid of any obvious narrative of a non-functional nature. Through his “objectness,” Griffith’s surprisingly sensual and tactile renderings establish a blood pulse in our appreciations of these things.

Christopher Griffith is a brash young fashion photographer who spent eight years in Europe working for Arena, Vogue—Germany and France—and international Elle. His clients have included Issey Miyake, Armani, and Etro. Born in Canada, Griffith was raised in the U.S. and educated in Britain. He lives in New York City.

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