Gregory Halpern - ZZYZX


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Publisher's description:

The early settlers dubbed California The Golden State, and The Land of Milk and Honey. Today there are the obvious ironies – sprawl, spaghetti junctions and skid row—but the place is not so easily distilled or visualized, either as a clichéd paradise or as its demise. There’s a strange kind of harmony when it’s all seen together—the sublime, the psychedelic, the self-destructive. Like all places, it’s unpredictable and contradictory, but to greater extremes. Cultures and histories coexist, the beautiful sits next to the ugly, the redemptive next to the despairing, and all under a strange and singular light, as transcendent as it is harsh.
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 a thirst for water, as well as the original expansion of America, which was born in the East and which hungrily drove itself West until reaching the Pacific, thereby fulfilling its “manifest” destiny.
The people, places, and animals in the book 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, like Los Angeles itself, teeters on the brink of collapsing under the weight of its own strangely-shaped mass.

Resources:

Conscientious'review
Photo-eye's review by Adam Bell

Gregory Halpern's previous project "A" was featured on Ahorn Magazine Issue 8. Take a look at his solo show here.

ZZYZX
Gregory Halpern
MACK, London, 2016
Hardcover, 240 x 290 mm
128 pages, 77 colour plates

ISBN 978-1910164655 

This book is part of the following collection(s):

Mack - Photography