“In honor of Anna Atkins who was the first person to illustrate a book with photographs, I have produced Compendium 1898–1919, a chronology of 12 assemblages made from the earliest expired photographic papers in my collection. The exact expiration dates of these papers pinpoint their location on a timeline and coexist with events in world history. No matter what the light-sensitive materials have endured through dormant years, they still respond to chemical development, and the resulting photographic tones are evidence of experience. Physical damage, moisture, and mold produce tonal changes when developed, and I consider these effects to be subject matter.” - Alison Rossiter
This book, a co-publication between Radius Books, New York Public Library and Yossi Milo, includes all 12 works from the series at actual scale, along with close-up details, photographed by Peter Riesett, Head Photographer, Digital Imaging Unit, New York Public Library. The reference dates, which cover world events such as World War II, and art-historical references like Picasso’s Blue Period, are also included as a reference key in the back of the book. For more information, please visit the Radius Books website.
Yossi Milo Gallery hosted a curbside book signing for Compendium on Wednesday, August 5, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Signed copies are still available. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-published by Radius Books, New York Public Library & Yossi Milo
Hardcover / 13 x 16 inches
36 images / 96 pages
Photography and text by Alison Rossiter
American artist Alison Rossiter’s camera-less photographs are made using expired, vintage gelatin silver papers dating from the early 20th century through the 1980s. The artist’s experimental processes draw on the photograms of László Moholy-Nagy and the paintings of Morris Louis, and result in painterly or geometric abstractions that illuminate the unique characteristics of each sheet of paper. The artist’s first monograph features 90 images, both printed and tipped in, and is divided into six sections, each devoted to a series within her practice: Latent, Tarnish, Landscapes, Pools, Dips + Pours and Quads. The book also includes a separate booklet highlighting a selection of early 20th-century photographic paper packages from the artist’s collection.
Also available at the gallery is a limited edition of Expired Paper, which includes a unique silver gelatin print signed and dated by the artist.
Text by Leah Ollman
Published by Radius Books/Yossi Milo Gallery
Hardback, 196 pages, English, 2017