Signed by Mikiko Hara and Stephen Dixon
Change, the first volume of The Gould Collection, interweaves Stephen Dixon’s short story Change with Mikiko Hara’s untitled photographs from 1996 to 2009.
Isolation and social disconnect define both Dixon’s story and Hara’s photographs. Whether images of a bored mother and child on a Tokyo subway or dialogue that reveals missed social cues between neighbors, the people who inhabit the pages of Change try and often fail to genuinely interact with one another. Visually united through an inventive design that presents Dixon’s story on iridescent sheets interspersed between Hara’s color images, Change probes alienation and its role in contemporary life.
Mikiko Hara is a Japanese photographer who lives in Kawasaki and graduated with a degree in literature from Keio University before studying at Tokyo College of Photography. Always in possession of her medium-format film camera, Hara’s photographs capture the random people and places of her daily existence. Her work has been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
Stephen Dixon is a two-time finalist for the National Book Award, for Interstate and Frog, and the author of seventeen novels and sixteen collections of short stories. Born in New York City, he worked as a newsman, editor, junior high school teacher, bartender, waiter, and department store salesman before teaching writing and literature at Johns Hopkins University from 1980 to 2007.