Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain
Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain
Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain
Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain
Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain
Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain
Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain

Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain

Heavy Meta, 2007

Description

This book—and the exhibition it documented—questions the reproduction and dissemination of images of human suffering. The thumb on the cover acknowledges the viewer’s participation in this exchange. To frame these troubling images in the context of lengthy critical debates, we separated the book into two parts: essays, printed mostly in black and white on a creamy uncoated sheet, and plates, printed in full color on a coated sheet. A latent image, a black box in the shape of a film negative, marks the beginning of each text. The essay pages’ contrasting typographic texture makes the images easy to spot. The outer edges of the plate pages are the same color as the essay section, as if the words frame the photos. There are no captions on these pages, but the colored type at the bottom directs you to discussions of the image and to a section that includes extended captions.

Juror Notes

This book’s dichotomous typography and composition engage the reader in a conceptual game exploring the representations of beauty and pain.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2007
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Heavy Meta
Creative director
Barbara Glauber
Designers
Barbara Glauber, Emily Lessard
Photographers
Ashley Gilberston (photograph), Rick Schwab (newspaper)
Editors
Erina Duganne, Holly Edwards, Mark Reinhardt
Trim size
9 x 10.5 inches
Pages
216
Quantity printed
2,500
Typefaces
Beton, Bulmer, Grotesque
Printer
Transcontinental Litho Acme
Papers
Finch Fine, Soft White, 80 lb., smooth, EuroArt Plus Silk, 100 lb. (text); 130 lb. (cover)
Binding
Smyth sewn soft cover
Publishers
Williams College Museum of Art, The University of Chicago Press
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