Alison Rossiter

Compendium 1898-1919

“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 The reference dates, which cover world events such as World War II, and art-historical references like Picasso’s Blue Period, are also included as a reference key in the back of the book.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

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

ISBN: 9781942185703