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Oculus

Signed Photobook Giveaway #2. This time it’s my book. Oculus.

If you haven’t got one yet or you couldn’t afford it, here’s your opportunity to get one for free (don’t tell Noorderlicht my publisher).

Signed Photobook Giveaway #2 courtesy of Claxton Projects

Posted 29 April 2012
Ken Schles, Oculus (Noorderlicht, 2011. Signed First Edition).

“We negotiate our elusive lives between spaces of dark and light, between incoherence and significance, between ignorance and knowledge, between our ‘two eternities of darkness.’ Our knowledge illuminates the world; it brings light to perception, deepening our relationship to what we encounter. It reveals the nature of things, just as an oculus brings light into a dark chamber. Oculus takes us on a journey that points us beyond the shadow-play of images. It is a meditation on the nature of perception and existence in the gray light of the world.” Ken Schles

Ken Schles’ fourth title, Oculus, is a philosophical exploration of memory and perception, a poetic pilgrimage that thoughtfully weaves its analysis of how images influence and define our understanding of that around us. Like Schles’ previous titles, Oculus is a demanding, personal and beautifully emotive work that not only compels multiple visits, but also leaves lingering questions long after the turn of the last page.

Rarely does the text and imagery of a photobook unite in such an evocative and deeply effecting manner. Oculus’ exquisitely designed spreads wonderfully illustrate its innovative, challenging, and deeply thought-provoking qualities that will ensure it will become a much collected and greatly treasured future classic.

Here’s how to get one.

About Claxton Projects

The Claxton Projects website is a curated selection of contemporary and vintage photography books from the Claxton Projects library. This archive includes books by some of photography’s most distinguished, imaginative and inventive artists and is intended to provide an introduction to new collectors, whilst highlighting the occasional overlooked title to the more seasoned photography book enthusiast. Above all else, Claxton Projects is a celebration of great photography books and the wonderful images within.

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About kenschles

Ken Schles is the author of Invisible City (1988; reprint 2015 and 2016), The Geometry of Innocence (2001), A New History of Photography: The World Outside and the Pictures In Our Heads (2007), Oculus (2011) and Night Walk (2015 and 2016). His work has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Prize, exhibited by The Museum of Modern Art, noted by the New York Times Book Review, cited in histories of the medium (Parr/Badger, Auer & Auer, 10x10 American Photobooks) and issued by some of the foremost publishers of our time (Steidl, Hatje Cantz, Twelvetrees Press). They're considered “intellectual milestones in photography” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), “hellishly brilliant” (The New Yorker). Ken Schles’ work is included in private and public collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Rijksmuseum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo d"Arte Contemporanea (MACRO) Testaccio Museum, and more than 100 other museum and library collections world-wide. 
 Ken Schles is a NYFA Fellow. http://www.kenschles.com

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