Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974 and attended Oberlin College where he specialised in comparative religion. In 2003 he was selected to be in the 30 under 30 issue of “PDN” and also published his first monograph, The Company of Strangers (J&L Books). His work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at The Museum of The City of New York and group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL. His photographs have been published in “Aperture”, “Harpers”, “Vogue”, “M le mag – Le Monde”, “Wired”, “Fortune” and “W”, and he was a regular contributor to “The New Yorker” magazine for a decade. He is a member of the street photographer collective In-Public and a lecturer in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department at the School of Visual Arts, NY.
Inspired by the late, great cartoonist William Steig and his famous book, The Lonely Ones (which combines Steig’s line-drawn characters with simple lines of dialogue with themselves), photographer Gus Powell has created his own ‘lonely ones’. Quiet yet evocative colour photographs of interiors and landscapes, inhabited by people, animals and inanimate characters.
Each photograph is accompanied by an evocative text, which functions in the opposite way to a caption: each of the 40 images in the book is hidden by the page folded in on itself, on the back of which the sentence is printed. Thus each photograph is revealed one by one by opening the page. “Which way to the convention?” comments the photograph of a butterfly in mid-air.
Lazy Dog publishes this new edition of the book in three languages, enriched in addition to English by translations into Italian and Japanese.
Text and photographs by Gus Powell Book design by Gus Powell
12.5 × 18.6 cm 90 pages 40 photographs Hardback English/Italian/Japanese Isbn 978-88-98030-06-4 First Edition February 2017