New book from VICTORIA WILL
With a foreword by Jason Momoa
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Peanut Press is thrilled to announce the debut book Borne Back by photographer Victoria Will, featuring her tintype photography of actors and directors at the Sundance Film Festival. Books will be available for sale on October 1, 2017.
While planning an assignment at the Sundance Film Festival, Will took advantage of the vintage look achieved with a large format camera and the wet-plate process to bring a different light to the faces that we see photographed so often. At the shoot, she set up a mobile darkroom and developed each plate as it was taken, often capturing only one image of a particular subject during each sitting.
The publication of Borne Back marks the first time that Will’s photographs will appear in a book, showcasing her incredible work that bridges the gap between commercial photography and fine art. Consisting of 38 images, Borne Back gives us the blue-eyed, chiseled youth of Robert Redford hiding just underneath the lines etched into his face. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea (above right) appears to us from the past, seemingly incinerated in chemical flames, and Anne Hathaway (above left) channels the ghost of a young Judy Garland. The book features a foreword from actor Jason Momoa, best known for his work on Game of Thrones and as the title role in the upcoming feature film Aquaman.
Borne Back was designed by renowned photo book designer Elizabeth Avedon and is available in three editions: a hardbound trade edition, a limited edition featuring a signed trade edition and one of three signed and numbered prints, and a very limited edition featuring a signed trade edition and a portfolio of ten signed and numbered prints.
Victoria Will began her career at the New York Post where she was a staff photographer. In a news environment responsible for headlines like "Headless Body in Topless Bar," she honed her skills and her sense of humor. She has the ability to put the ordinary in an extraordinary light while seamlessly balancing heroic yet natural compositions. No matter what the circumstance she manages to find those honest, real moments. With a focus on portraiture and lifestyle imagery, her photographs appear in newspapers and magazines worldwide, from W Magazine to the Associated Press, The New York Times to Vogue.
Borne Back will be available for sale online at Peanut Press on October 1, 2017.
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Why did we print Charth Vader at Meridian Printing in Rhode Island? They have printed some amazing books for our favorite photographers. If it's good enough for Lee Friedlander, Richard Avedon, Robert Adams and Irving Penn, it's good enough for us.
We arrived in the morning and the first sheet was already printed.
Thanks to Joe Chanin's many rounds of proofs, and the skill of the guys running the press, it looked amazing. But there was still work to be done. Registration needs to be checked, and ink levels changed to adjust the tones of the image. How do you do that?
First you get a group of people to stand around and look at the sheet.
Then you wave your hands over it.
Throw it in the trash.
And ask the giant press for a new one.
While the press is working on your new sheets, there is time to kill. You can immerse yourself in Meridian's a library of amazing photo books,
and get some important work done.
Then we recheck the press proofs
and the whole process starts again. It's exhausting.
But by the end of the day, we had something that we all could agree looked amazing.
Ashly gave the final ok
and the pages were printed...
Joe was blown away by the quailty of the printing at Meridian.
Now the sheets will be cut and bound, and turned into a book. Pre-order yours today!
Keep an eye out for Susan Burnstine's fabulous feature about Charth Vader in this month's Black+White magazine. Do you subscribe? You should...
Peanut Press is creating it's first book, Charth Vader, featuring the photography of Ashly Stohl.
Ashly has been photographing the struggles of her visually impaired sons, and is in the process of creating a compelling book of her work. The book is edited by photographer, David Carol, and will be available in the spring of 2015.
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