Mack Books, 2023. First edition.
Softcover with flaps, 320 pp., illustrated throughout, 136 x 200 mm. Photographs and text by Jason Fulford. Design by Morgan Crowcroft-Brown.
Funny, profound, absurd, and filled with unexpected beauty, this new photobook from American artist Jason Fulford is a collection of twelve stories drawn from a decade of encounters with Italy. Taking the form of a novel-sized paperback, the book includes meetings with ball-breaking bakers, an exploding museum cellar, Aldo Rossi’s notes on happiness, the center of the Earth, and Guido Guidi’s garage.
Fulford’s pictures are deceptively simple, imbued with a gift for composition that brings forth metaphors and meaning. Known internationally for his skill as an editor, Fulford uses layered articulation and careful sequencing to suggest ambiguous meaning and invite endless reading.