Peanut Press is thrilled to announce the release of Days & Years, the second monograph by Los Angeles artist Ashly Stohl. Days & Years, which takes its title from the common bit of parenting wisdom, “The days are long but the years are short,” launches on the heels of Stohl’s successful solo show at Leica Soho in New York, NY.
If, as many say, all portraits are self-portraits, then Days & Years is a daring autobiography. These photographs pull no punches, and refuse to portray a glossy or idealized vision of either childhood or motherhood. From after-school snacks to sibling squabbles to family vacations, here is the messy and bustling day-to-day, as seen through Stohl’s celebrated eye. Ashly Stohl’s first book, 2015’s Charth Vader, about Stohl’s visually impaired youngest son, met with great recognition. Featured on ABC News, Huffington Post, and news outlets worldwide, it sold out in only two weeks! Now, and with her usual fearlessness, warmth, and darkly wry humor, Stohl’s Days & Years broadens the focus to her entire family.
From the introduction, by Lynn Melnick: “Parenting, like childhood, is a wild trip: some days are boring, moments are ridiculous or moments are hard, love abounds. Ashly captures all of this with an unflinching—and unjaded—eye. This book is a monument to her children, but it’s also a testament to the person she herself is and to the multiplicity of work she does twenty-four hours a day.”
Alongside the book, Stohl will officially launch “The Days & Years Project” (@thedaysandyearsproject), an Instagram, a platform showcasing the work of photographers whose children are their subject. The aim is to boost visibility for photographers whose work capturing the daily life of their families—rather than more conventionally accepted “artistic” subjects—often keeps them out of mainstream venues. @thedaysandyearsproject will serve as a platform for the issue of gender disparity in the art world, and in particular, the challenges faced by photographers—most often women—who center their families as a primary subject.
Days & Years is limited to 750 copies. Of those, 100 are presented as a limited edition including a signed book with one of two prints signed and numbered by the photographer. The limited edition photographs are printed on Hahnemühle paper. Days & Years will be released August 15, 2019