Figure 1 Spring 2017 Books by Raincoast Books

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figure 1 s17 yes yes we re magicians by jonah samson yes yes we re magicians is a compilation of anonymous vintage black-andwhite photographs mostly found on ebay from the personal collection of the canadian artist collector and writer jonah samson titled after a line from samuel beckett s play waiting for godot the dominant mood of the book recalls beckett s take on human existence as tragicomic samson too reflects on the absurdity of life through slapstick and dark humor and a warmhearted affection for the mysteries of human gestures involved in all aspects of making the book samson has created a carefully orchestrated narrative flow between various kinds of vernacular photographs whether a blurry snapshot or a formal portrait the images draw out the uncanny and magical qualities of photographs figure 1 on sale may 1/17 9.14 x 9.11 • 112 pages 9781927958865 • $35.00 • cl photography collections catalogs exhibitions notes promotion free of any description the compelling pictures are allowed to speak for themselves they are often imperfect with figures disappearing into misty and watery surfaces and the details of time and place becoming obscured establishing the mood at the beginning with a mysterious color photograph of an erupting volcano the book interweaves forgotten moments from the past where incidents of the celebratory melancholic surreal and bizarre are put into dialogue as an artist who often reworks found photographs jonah samson brings a distinctive sensibility to this book and treats the form as an artwork in itself author bio jonah samson lives on cape breton island in eastern canada his photographic artworks have been exhibited widely and he has produced several artist books including another happy day published by presentation house gallery sales rep • page 3/7