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John Gossage
A Dozen Failures

Photographs by John Gossage

TIS Books, 2016

Edition of 700 copies


48 pp., 18 b/w illustrations, one fold out tritone poster 430 x 530 mm

240 x 280 mm

ISBN 9781943146086

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A Dozen Failures is both a singular statement as a photobook and a commentary on a life spent making some of the classic photobooks of our time, among them The PondThere and GoneThe Romance Industry, and Berlin in the Time of the Wall.

Every photograph is in some way perfect (as a technical feat) and in another way a failure (as representational “residue”). So what makes a picture a “failure” – something worthy of further contemplation? It goes far deeper than merely being a mistake. Failures teach us about life and the self in ways as powerful as – and far more confoundingly than – successes.

Or, as Gossage says, they show us “a love lost through lack of skill and misunderstanding.

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