Selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 by Alec Soth
”My neighbor June believes in Zeus” is the arresting opening sentence of Jason Fulford’s latest photo book. At once humorous and full of reverence, Hotel Oracle is a sustained visual meditation on the cosmos--what constitutes it, what its future might be and how to reconcile the world of the supernatural with the world of the 99-cent store. Fulford’s photos of everyday scenes and people search out the clues and signs of the prophetic and the numinous, readily mingling them with the banal and the preposterous. The pictures in Hotel Oracle were taken in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Greece, the Czech Republic, Poland, South Korea, Japan, Hungary, India, Bermuda and Germany. Fulford is a photographer, cofounder of J&L Books and a contributing editor to Blind Spot magazine. His books include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003),Raising Frogs For $ (2006) and The Mushroom Collector (2010).
"It is incredibly difficult to mix photographs with words without one sapping the life out of the other. Like the best poets, Jason Fulford uses language not to explain, but to expand the mystery of his images." — Alec Soth
"Unlike many photographers exploring the book form as creative vehicle, Fulford has a fantastic eye for individual photos. Most photos here would hold attention hung large on a wall. Fulford shrinks them into book form and sews them into a written narrative." — Blake Andrews