The ‘found’ photography collections come from an interest in the stories and questions that arise from any lost and found imagery and words. While flicking through the pages, you quickly realise that you have filled in some blanks, invented a bit of the story and put your own history and personality onto the subjects.
The books are often very moving even though we don’t know the people whose lives we are glimpsing. We feel a great affection for these strangers and a nostalgia for their lives. Each photograph can be surreal, unintentionally funny, inexplicably uplifting, disturbing or sad, nostalgic and enigmatic, but always poignant. These photographs are by anyone and everyone who is unknowingly documenting a social history.
The titles in the series include:
The books are beautiful, well-crafted objects in their own right and something to be treasured in the age of cheap publishing and e-books.
All the books are hand produced.
EACH BOOK IS UNIQUE AND NUMBERED.
Michelle Abadie has been making artist’s books, including collating, designing, printing, and binding, for and on behalf of maj and maltby designs, since 2001. Her books have been exhibited and sold at The Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset; Off The Shelf, Sherborne, Dorset; Hardware Gallery, London; Made In Bristol, Bristol; The Exchange, Brunswick East, London; Unveil’d Book Fair, Exeter. She has been selected for Artists’ Book Fairs in the Baltic and Liverpool Biennial and her handmade ‘found’ collection of books has been featured in Foxhole Magazine.