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Author: Aaron Schuman
Publisher: [London] : Mack, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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If you opened the local newspaper in the small New England town of Amherst, Massachusetts, as Aaron Schuman did one day, you might find a section entitled "Police Reports" - succinct and extraordinarily anticlimactic accounts of crimes, suspicious activities, events and non-events reported in the area during the previous week. In 'SLANT', Schuman interweaves a selection of these clippings published between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Photobooks
Pictorial works
Named Person: Aaron Schuman; Aaron Schuman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Schuman
ISBN: 9781912339389 1912339382
OCLC Number: 1090687570
Notes: All police reports found in the Amherst Bulletin between 2014-2018. All photographs made between 2016-2018, in and near Amherst, Massachusetts.
Description: 88 unnumbered pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 27 cm
Other Titles: Photographs.
Responsibility: Aaron Schuman.

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If you opened the local newspaper in the small New England town of Amherst, Massachusetts, as Aaron Schuman did one day, you might find a section entitled "Police Reports" - succinct and extraordinarily anticlimactic accounts of crimes, suspicious activities, events and non-events reported in the area during the previous week. In 'SLANT', Schuman interweaves a selection of these clippings published between 2014-2018, with quietly wry photographs he made within a thirty-mile radius of Amherst from 2016-18, in response to their unintentionally deadpan descriptions. What began as a genuinely affectionate, tongue-in-cheek take on the small towns where Schuman spent his childhood steadily came to reflect the disquieting rise of "fake news", "alternative facts", "post-truth" politics and paranoia in America following the 2016 election. Schuman's subtly offbeat combination of images and words, however, was always inclined to create a foreboding sense of unease. In 'SLANT', the relationship that has been constructed between photography and text takes its inspiration from a poetic scheme called "slant rhyme", notably espoused by the 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson, who also happened to live and write in Amherst. In such a rhyming scheme, there is a close but not exact correspondence of sounds, often using assonance or consonance; generally it is used in poetry to give variations and an inharmonious feeling. Appropriating this literary device, 'SLANT' serves as a wider reflection upon something strange, surreal, dissonant and increasingly sinister stirring beneath the surface of the contemporary American landscape, experience, and psyche.

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