Vol III CD SPBH
Photographs by Christina De Middel
SPBH Editions, London, 2013
15 x 20cm
60 pages, 60 images
Edition of 500, individually hand drawn covers by Paris, New York & London graffiti writers.
SPBH Book Club Vol. III challenges the archetype of street photography, the language and veracity of the photograph as a document. De Middel takes us out onto the shimmering streets of New York City, and playfully works with visual tropes to illuminate the surreal quality of space within the city. Embodying the notion of the American Dream and the tingling sensation of collective fascination with such an iconic place, the book is something of an enigma and hints at a multilayered story – through signifiers and visual clues, the viewer is invited to piece together the sum of its parts, as in a game or a puzzle.
Cristina De Middel gained international acclaim with her self published book The Afronauts which, in just a few months from its release, became widely praised and highly collectable. She was also nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2013 and won the ICP Infinity Award 2013.