Monday, October 10, 2022

Antoine d'Agata, New York 1989-93, Andre Freres Editions, Marseille, France, 2016

A very powerful accordion from this well-known French photographer comprised of mostly black and white images, with five color works added to the mix. The book opens with a photo of his beloved grandfather with a bunch of his mates, and then on the second page is half a portrait of his mother's face joined by the page's fold with another half portrait of his father overleaf, all of which creates a third person, namely d'Agata himself. From there the book descends into some dark spaces with images of drug taking accompanied by a deep sense of despair and loneliness.

In a booklet that comes with this accordion d'Agata writes about his family, and his mother and father's deep connections to Sicily. His teenage years were troubled and marked by a variety of different jobs along with copious drug taking. D'Agata sums up this period, "I listened to the Sex Pistols and threw cocktails Molotov in supermarkets and enjoyed fights the cops, the rich kids, the people demonstrating in the streets, the shopkeepers...everybody I guess."

This accordion is the first in a planned series of twelve, with one commentator noting that d'Agata has specifically chosen the accordion format because he "...rejected the idea of having them in a classic format forgotten on a shelf. Instead, an accordion-folded format allows for the book to be displayed on a table or a wall."

24 single-sided pages, individually 7" x 5.25", and when fully open 10ft 6".

back cover with numbering indicating this is the first in a series of twelve

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