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found photography collections handmade books vintage photography
found photography collections handmade books vintage photography
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found photography handmade books artists books vernacular photography film
found photography collections handmade books vintage photography
found photography collections handmade books
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found photography handmade books artists books vernacular photography film
found photography collections handmade books
found photography collections handmade books
found photography collections handmade books
found photography collections handmade books
found photography collections handmade books
found photography collections handmade books
found photography collections handmade books

‘found’ photography collections – handmade books

 

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:

  • Found Dancing
  • Found Animals
  • Found backs and fronts
  • Found Beauties
  • Found Egypt
  • Found in a tin (at the tip)
  • Found Love
  • Found Mistakes (camera obscured, double exposures and headless)
  • Found Photobooth
  • Found Xmas

 

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.

 

Commissions and bespoke handmade book service is available. Please email to discuss any idea or requirement that you may have.

 

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.

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