This piece was a private commission by fine art photographer David Magee. David had already worked with Concentric Editions when publishing his book Outside, he wanted to utilise the very same unique collaborative approach, working method and production techniques to make another very special book.
A PHOTOSTUDY BY DAVID MAGEE
Printed in a collectors edition of a single volume with two artists proofs.
Buckland House is a Georgian stately home, near Faringdon in Oxfordshire, England. It is a masterpiece of Palladian architecture. John Wood the Elder designed the house and hisson, John Wood the Younger, who masterminded the Royal Crescent in Bath, built it in 1755 for Sir Robert Throckmorton.
David Magee was commissioned to create a photostudy of the ancient trees in the grounds of the estate for the current owner. The twenty four resulting images were produced as tritones and hand tipped onto debossed panels throughout the publication. There is a clear difference between a mass produced and a finely crafted book, one that is often lost in today's world. This monograph was meticulously finished and produced by hand in London, resulting in a single volume that is a piece of Fine Art in itself.
I.Detroit: A Human Atlas of an American City
Over an extremely busy few months the studio has been heads down focusing on formalising the image, sound and DNA data gathered by the team in the City of Detroit over the past two years. Working with expert colleagues at Family Tree DNA in Houston, Texas, Lyon has plotted the ancestral DNA of all 100 nominees and built a detailed map their generational migration to Detroit. Alongside the genetic mapping, Shervorn Monaghan of the Laundry Room in Islington has been working on the detailed image finishing on the 100 artworks that accompany the data. Meanwhile, Matt Hill and Sarah Myles of Rethink Audio have been building the soundscapes that will activate with the bespoke App built by the tech geniuses at Calvium in Bristol. In tandem, working with Jim Sutherland and Rosey Trickett of Studio Sutherl&, the Human Atlas team have been building the design framework and form of the new book and exhibition.
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‘The Act’ project was the kick start for the whole Concentric Editions concept. It was while working on this project that the Vivid Colour ™ print process was developed offering expanded colour reproduction and super fine detail. This particular piece of work with the ridiculously high quality imagery explains that comprehensively. When turning the pages of this book and studying the images they have a virtually life like quality, depth of field and colour intensity that has not been seen before in the printed medium, absolutely stunning. All made possible of course by the wonderful work of Julia Fullerton-Batten.
In ‘The Act’, acclaimed fine-art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten portrays the lives and skills of women who voluntarily engage in the UK sex industry as their career. All of them chose a markedly different path in life to the usual one, wittingly challenging social stigma. Julia investigated why this is with imagery and video interviews.
Following a year of castings, Julia narrowed her choice of models down to fifteen, some of which were well educated with university degrees. Among them are aerial artistes, a ping-pong girl, a dominatrix, an escort, webcam and porn stars. She photographed her nude models provocatively posed against a backdrop of specially designed stage sets, highlighting ‘their act’.
Julia’s book contains powerful imagery in her unique style and in exquisite colour. Forewords are by Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor of Vogue Italia and Helen Tootsi, an up-and-coming art critic. Jen Brook transposed Julia’s video interviews into intimate text stories accompanying the girls’ images in the book. Generously sized, beautifully printed, hand-crafted, sumptuously bound in a soft material flesh-like to the touch, and embellished with a lace garter, the book is a dream for collectors of fine-art photography, especially for enthusiasts of Julia’s style of photography. A DVD accompanies the book containing the video interviews and behind the scene glimpses.
Book available: www.juliafullerton-batten.com