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Flower Smuggler

Diana Tamane

Art Paper Editions

Shortlisted for the First Photobook Award - Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2020
Winner of the Author Book Award 2020 Les Rencontres D'Arles

Publication date : 2019/06/01
Weight 1150 g / Dimensions 23 x 30.5 cm / 178 pages / text in English
ISBN 9789493146143
Design : 6’56

In Flower Smuggler, Diana Tamane edits together multiple suites of deceptively ordinary and eclectic photographs to describe her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. “This book hits all the right notes about the ways in which life and photography can intersect,” praises Meister. The artist collects colloquial images from her family and works with her relatives to jointly stage and create some of the images. In doing so, Tamane suggests how the meaning of photographs, their significance as artifacts of daily life and memory, can change profoundly over time. The concluding series, arguably the most poignant, is of rephotographed drugstore prints that were used by her great-grandmother to record her daily heart rate and blood pressure, with notations made on the back—and even the front—of the pictures. “This final statement in the book enriches Tamane’s endeavor while raising vital questions about why photographs matter today and to whom,” Meister notes.

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