Found Photos (signed)

Dick Jewell


Edition : First / London / Privately Printed / September 1977 / Softcover. / VG+
12mo, Unpaginated (ca 164pp). Printed Wraps. One of 500 signed and numbered copies.

Brilliant cult book from Jewell. Cited in Parr & Badger who describe it thus: “What Jewell collected were the discarded prints scattered in the vicinity of the booth, rejected presumably through disappointment at the machine’s implacably objective results. The picture’s framing and the machine’s timing were often frustratingly out of synchronization with the subject. The flash would fire when the sitter as adjusting the rising seat or background curtain, or would malfunction just when the sitter had positioned him or herself in eager anticipation. Many thwarted customers angrily rejected the machine’s efforts and threw them away, but not before tearing or defacing their own images in a curious form of self-mutilation, the state in which Jewell found many of the discards. But he lovingly stuck them back together again as best he could, and placed his collaged efforts in the larger collage of the book.” Superb collages of photographs found in London and Brighton in the 70’s.

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