Blind Spot

Blind Spot

Book - 2017
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In this innovative synthesis of words and images, the award-winning author of Open City and photography critic for The New York Times Magazine combines two of his great passions.

One of Time 's Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of the Year * One of Smithsonian.com 's Ten Best Photography Books of the Year

When it comes to Teju Cole, the unexpected is not unfamiliar: He's an acclaimed novelist, an influential essayist, and an internationally exhibited photographer. In Blind Spot , readers follow Cole's inimitable artistic vision into the visual realm as he continues to refine the voice, eye, and intellectual obsessions that earned him such acclaim for Open City .

Here, journey through more than 150 of Cole's full-color original photos, each accompanied by his lyrical and evocative prose, forming a multimedia diary of years of near-constant travel: from a park in Berlin to a mountain range in Switzerland, a church exterior in Lagos to a parking lot in Brooklyn; landscapes and interiors, beautiful or quotidian, that inspire Cole's memories, fantasies, and introspections. Ships in Capri remind him of the work of writers from Homer to Edna O'Brien; a hotel room in Wannsee brings back a disturbing dream about a friend's death; a home in Tivoli evokes a transformative period of semi-blindness, after which "the photography changed. . . . The looking changed."

As exquisitely wrought as the work of Anne Carson or Chris Marker, Blind Spot is a testament to the art of seeing by one of the most powerful and original voices in contemporary literature.

Praise for Blind Spot

"Common things [are] made radiant by the quality of Cole's looking. . . . In this new, luminous book, Cole shows himself to be really one of the best at seeing." -- The Guardian

"This lyrical essay in photographs paired with texts explores the mysteries of the ordinary." -- The New York Times Books Review (Editors' Choice)

"Stunning . . . feels like the fulfillment of an intellectual project that has defined most of [Cole's] career." -- Slate

"Dazzling . . . cerebral yet intimate . . . combines personal essay, history, biography, journalism, and photography into a seamless package, capturing human dignity and grace through careful, clear-eyed reverence." -- Vice

"An eclectically brilliant distillation of what photography can do, and why it remains an important art form." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399591075
9780399591082
Characteristics: xvi, 332 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Call Number: 770 COL

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