The Distances Between Us
published by Trema Förlag

The Distances Between Us by Sarah Pollman // http://www.tremaforlag.se/products

200 x 280 mm
Hard cover
56 pages 
26 illustrations
Text: English
First edition: 400 copies
Publication year: 2016
ISBN 978-91-88539-02-1


GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK SHOWCASE: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2-4.00pm
Come visit and see the book in person!
more info here: http://griffinmuseum.org/event/photobook-showcase/

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The Distances Between Us
 is a visual investigation of cemetery markers used to describe the anonymous deceased.

Borrowing its structure from Barthe's Camera Lucida, the first half of the book contains photographs of elaborately carved stones labeled father and mother. These markers glow in the theatrical light of the golden hour; love for the lost is evident in the careful treatment of each stone and the language that they bear. This familial intimacy disappears in the latter half of the book, which culls black and white photographs of numbered markers made of concrete and steel. In these photographs, shot in hidden cemeteries that serve state-run hospitals, jails and schools, relationships are erased to reveal bureaucratic motives to erase individual identity and sanitize responsibility.

A text-picture in the center of the book functions as the artist’s winter garden photograph, binding these two sets of photographs together. Collectively, the images explore photography’s inherent relationship to memory and loss, recalling nineteenth century post-mortem photographs, eulogic portraits of loved ones displayed on mantels, and the desperation we feel to immortalize the lost.

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Available for purchase for $40USD. Please email sarah@sarahpollman.com with your order request.

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