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ZZYZX
Gregory Halpern

MACK BOOKS, 2016
Hardcover
128 pages
77 colour plates
ISBN: 9781910164655

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The pictures in this book begin in the desert east of Los Angeles and move west through the city, ending at the Pacific. This general westward movement alludes to the drought and a general thirst for water, as well as the expansion of America as a nation, which was born in the east and which, hungry and angry, drove itself west until reaching the Pacific, fulfilling its "Manifest Destiny."
The people, places, and animals in the book really did exist before Halpern's camera but he has sewn these photographs into a work of fiction, or fantasy, a structure, sequence and edit which teeters on the brink of collapsing under the weight of its own strangely-shaped mass. In that sense it mimics how the city felt to the photographer when he was making the work.

 

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