American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar

American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar

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In An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Taryn Simon documents spaces that are integral to America's foundation, mythology and daily functioning, but remain inaccessible or unknown to a public audience. She has photographed rarely seen sites from domains including: science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature security and religion. This index examines subjects that, while provocative or controversial, are currently legal. The work responds to a desire to discover unknown territories, to see everything. Simon makes use of the annotated-photograph's capacity to engage and inform the public. Transforming that which is off-limits or under-the-radar into a visible and intelligible form, she confronts the divide between the privileged access of the few and the limited access of the public. Photographed with a large format view camera (except when prohibited), Simon's 70 color plates form a seductive collection that reflects and reveals a national identity. In addition to this monograph, there is also an exhibition of Simon's work opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art in March 2007.
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  • Hardback | 152 pages
  • 258 x 342 x 22mm | 1,601.17g
  • Steidl Verlag
  • Gottingen, Germany
  • English
  • Annotated
  • throughout
  • 3865213804
  • 9783865213808
  • 277,979

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New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 3/07-7/07
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