Our second publication is published January 2014.
Roelof Bakker (photographer and author), Jane Wildgoose (author)
‘In the digital world there is no need for paper, for pens and pencils, for handwritten notes, for printed documents, for files. There are no solid and secure strong rooms. There’s no wear and tear. There is no material, no physical presence, no volume, no weight.’
Strong Room is a collaboration between London-based artists Roelof Bakker and Jane Wildgoose. The book contains twenty-eight photographs revealing traces of past human activity in a vacated municipal building alongside two essays. The introduction by Bakker explores the loss of tangible experiences and the lack of physical presence in the digital world. The accompanying essay by Jane Wildgoose, focuses on the historical and academic importance of a paper-based archive and the potential of its material qualities to prompt the imagination and evoke memories.
The photographs were taken inside three separate spaces at Hornsey Town Hall, a Grade II listed modernist building not in public use since the mid-1980s.
A selection of photographs from the Strong Room series won First Prize (Gold) at the London Photographic Association Still Life 5 competition (June 2011).
Book, saddle-stitched with 28 colour photographs
Trim size 210 x 148.5 mm
Extent 48 pp
Negative Press London, 21 January 2014
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