Selected as one of the Best Books of 2011 by Adam Bell
We infuse the world we encounter with meaning, with social and symbolic significance based on the value we place upon representations we share. This, perhaps, is the irony of our conceptualizations: We make and share images so that we may know the world.
Oculus takes you on a personal philosophic journey that points beyond the shadow-play of images. It is a meditation of the nature of perception and existence in the grey light of this world.
Ken Schles’s books have been called “intellectual milestones of photography,” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) ; “hellishly brilliant,” (The New Yorker); and “an object lesson in bookmaking” (European Photography). His first book, Invisible City, was listed in M.+M. Auer’s 802 Photo Books, a compilation of the most important books in photography dating from 1760 onwards. His book, A New History of Photography: The World Outside and the Pictures In Our Heads, was a finalist for the 2009 Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographic Contemporary Book Award.