PAUL GRAHAM a shimmer of possibility

Paul Graham a shimmer of possibility is regarded as one of the defining photography books of the 21st century.

Paul Graham a shimmer of possibility comprises 12 individual hardback books, each volume a photographic short story of everyday life in today’s America. Modest sequences of images, such as a man smoking a cigarette while waiting for a bus in Las Vegas, or a woman collecting her mail from a mailbox in leafy New England, reflect the poetic ebb and flow of life.

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PAUL GRAHAM a shimmer of possibility

Paul Graham a shimmer of possibility is regarded as one of the defining photography books of the 21st century. Awarded the Paris Photo-Aperture Prize for the most significant photobook published in the past 15 years. The original 12 volume set sold out in 10 weeks and has been out of print since.

Paul Graham a shimmer of possibility comprises 12 individual books. So, with each volume a photographic short story of everyday life in today’s America. Modest sequences of images, such as a man smoking a cigarette while waiting for a bus in Las Vegas, or a woman collecting her mail from a mailbox in leafy New England, reflect the poetic ebb and flow of life. Now and then, the quiet narrative slides unexpectedly into the sublime: as a man mows a large green expanse, the sunlight breaks through clouds to illuminate a curtain of glowing raindrops. These filmic haikus avoid the forceful summation we usually find in photography. Shunning a tidy packaging of the world into perfect images, to speak instead about the unexamined depths of quotidian life.

Whilst the 12 books are all an identical size, they vary in length from just a single photograph to 60 pages of images made at one street intersection. The radical form of this multi-volume publication embraces the unique nature of Graham’s work. Ultimately giving the flow of life precedence over conclusiveness. Where nothing much happens, but nothing is foreclosed either, where everything shimmers with possibility.

376 pages
24.2 cm x 31.8 cm
Published by Mack Books February 2018

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Mack Books

Mack is a global publisher of award-winning books on art, photography and critical studies. Founded by Michael Mack in London 2010. They work with established and emerging artists, writers and curators, as well as cultural institutions.

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9781910164174

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376 pages

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2018

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24.2 cm x 31.8 cm

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Mack Books

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