Gus Powell The Lonely Ones – New Edition


Inspired by the late, great cartoonist William Steig and his classic book, The Lonely Ones (which pairs Steig’s line-drawn characters with simple one-liners of dialogue-to-self), photographer Gus Powell (born 1974) made his own “lonely ones”—quiet but evocative color photographs of interiors and landscapes, inhabited by people, animals and inanimate characters.

Every photograph is paired with a suggestive text, functioning here as the opposite of a caption—each of the 40 color photographs in The Lonely Ones is hidden by a gate fold, on which is printed the single phrase. Every photograph is revealed individually behind its gate fold. “Which way to the symposium?,” paired with a photograph of a butterfly in midair.

This three languages new edition published by Lazy Dog is enriched, in addition to English, by Italian and Japanese translations.

Ispirato dall’ultimo, grande cartoonist William Steig e il suo celebre libro, The Lonely Ones (che combina i personaggi disegnati al tratto da Steig con semplici battute di dialogo con se stessi), il fotografo Gus Powell ha creato il proprio “lonely ones”. Fotografie a colori tranquille ma evocative di interni e paesaggi, abitati da persone, animali e personaggi inanimati.

Ogni fotografia è accompagnata da un testo suggestivo, che funziona al contrario di una didascalia: ciascuna delle 40 immagini del libro è nascosta dalla pagina ripiegata su se stessa, sul cui retro è stampata la frase. Così ogni fotografia si rivela una per volta aprendo la pagina. “Da che parte per il convegno?” commenta la fotografia di una farfalla a mezz’aria.

Lazy Dog pubblica questa nuova edizione del libro in tre lingue, arricchita oltre all’inglese dalle traduzioni in italiano e giapponese.

Texts and photographs by Gus Powell
Book design by Gus Powell

12.5 x 18.6 cm (5 x 7.3″)
90 pages / pagine (40 gate fold)
40 photographs / fotografie
Hard cover / Cartonato
English, Italian, Japanese edition

ISBN: 978-88-98030-06-4
Available from / Disponibile dal
4 February / Febbraio 2017

In the Press


Letterpress Workers

This initiative was set up in 2012 by Officina Tipografica Novepunti. Since then an international group of print designers from European and American countries have convened in Milan once a year. It is an artist’s residence during which participants, using moveable type and a proof press, tackle a shared theme. The workshop is open to the public in order to introduce letterpress by encouraging visitors and designers to interact. Guided tours for schools, conferences and exhibitions are also contemplated. The final works are then collected to produce a travelling exhibition, accompanied by a book which documents them and explores their link with the assigned theme.