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SANTA BARBARA RETURN JOBS BACK TO US - Alejandro Cartagena

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May 2016
Edition of 500
23×34cm
112 Pages
Hotfoil Velvet Softcover
ISBN 9788894134124

Designed Milo Montelli
Cover Type Valentina Casali
Text by Jonathan Blaustein

 

Many of the photographs in this book are not “about” anything per se, but their tone, seen together, leaves little mystery. Alejandro’s “America,” seen through the lens of “Santa Barbara,” is a place hanging on by a thread. There are several images in the book, peering down on the street, taken from high up in a building somewhere. In other, happier times, I might enjoy their dynamic perspective. “Wow, those are cool,” I might think. But in the context of 2016, I couldn’t help but imagine the photographer a lonely, bitter shooter, eyeing up his next victim through a rifle-scope, anxious to squeeze the trigger, and move the drama along to its natural conclusion.
Jonathan Blaustein

 

Best Book of 2016 on Mariela Sancari list
Best Book of 2016 on Martin Amis list
Best Book of 2016 on Jeffrey Ladd list
Best Book of 2016 on Cristina de Middel list
Shortlisted for the 2016 Prix di Livre – Arles
 

[Press]
Review on 1000words Magazine
Review on ASX
Review on Collector Daily

 

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