The Film Study Center at Harvard University
First edition, first and only printing, limited ed.
with 58 four-color laser-print photographs
Originally suggested by Susan Meiselas and Richard Rogers, Dislocations was designed and produced at Harvard University's Film Study Center. Production of the edition was by Robert Gardner, Director, Harvard University's Film Study Center. Published as a limited edition of 40 copies, hand-numbered and signed in black ink on the colophon page by Alex Webb; hb., fine black linen-covered boards, with tipped-in title plate on the front debossed cover, enclosed in a deluxe custom-designed matching black linen-covered four-sided hinged case, with debossed title on top cover, no dust jacket as issued. All four sides open out, and are closed by Velcro attached to the inner front cover, which folds over the top and attaches to the right side of the case. Laser prints on Hammersmith Permanent paper glued into a blind debossment on Somerset Velvet paper, and individually hand-titled in black ink by Webb below the mount. The ch tipped-in plate is approximately 5 x 7 3/4 inches. All pages are attached in a Leporello (accordion-fold) 72 total pages in length, with continuous end-papers attached to the front and rear boards. Includes 3 additional tipped-in color laser print plates: page 1) a reproduced dictionary definition of 'Dislocation;' 2) a brief quote from Don DeLillo's novel 'White Noise,' which reads "The flow is constant," Alfonse said. "Words, pictures, numbers, facts, graphics, specks, waves, particles, motes. Only a catastrophe gets our attention;" and 3) colophon page. The book is 8 x 10 x 2 1/2 inches deep and the four-sided hinged case is 8 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 3 inches deep. The covers and leaves were assembled by hand, and the photographs were printed using state-of-the-art digital imaging technologies generously donated by The Film Study Center's New Media Partners, specifically Power Computing Corporation (PowerTower Pro 225 workstations for image processing) and Canon USA Inc. (CLC800 color laser copier and ColorPass color print server for final imaging). Although these technologies were key to producing this book, the photographs themselves have not been altered beyond color correction required to match the characteristics of the printer. Scans of some of the images available upon request. - Alex Webb's photographs initially command the viewer's attention with stark, brilliant colors and graphic form. Many of his photographs combine seemingly disparate 'images' into one frame. A deep black shadow has as strong a presence as a partially sunlit expressionless face, in a disjointed street scene. Upon closer examination, the figures, environments, situations, colors and forms combine to create an emotionally charged photograph. What makes this uniquely conceived and produced edition stand out as exceptional, and a seemingly natural extension from Webb's earlier publications, is the book's elegant design and use of color laser technology for the plates. The flat surface and brilliant color reproduction play off each other to create a strange 'tug-of-war' with the viewer's response to the images. As in the potential effect of video, these color laser images have a concurrent psychological immediacy and distance which complicates the images and their meaning in the most fascinating ways“. (Antiq. Borelli). - From the publisher: "This book of ,dislocations’ is an experiment in an alternative kind of book-making. It is a technology-mediated artist's book that inhabits a place somewhere between the unique book-as-art/art-as-book and a traditional press-bound publications focused on in the photographs“.