Red Hook Editions, 2018. Edition of 700 copies. Hardcover with dust jacket, 210 x 297 mm, 156 pp., b/w and color illustrated throughout. Photographs and text by Mara Catalán. Design by Bonnie Bryant.
Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home is Mara Catalan’s personal record of her life there between the years of 1994 and 1996. With a distinctive style, she beautifully weaves black & white urban landscapes, intimate portraits and lyrical street scenes with stories, personal letters and diary entries in both Spanish and English.
The book is at once a wonderful record of a particular epoch and a historical archive of many places in Williamsburg which have either radically changed or cease to exist. It’s a window into the life of a woman strongly connected to her changing and expanding world, and also very much tied to where she comes from. More than two decades later Mara continues to live in Williamsburg, a reluctant witness to the massive transformation and the disappearance of familiar places and faces. This book is her ode to what it once was, a place she once called home.
Art direction in collaboration With Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel.