Text by Craig Burnett
Edited by Honey Luard
Designed by Stephen Coates
240 x 300 mm, hardback
64 pages, 36 black and white illustrations
Published by White Cube, 2008
To mark the occasion of Jeff Wall’s first solo exhibition with the gallery since 1994, in 2007 White Cube published Jeff Wall: Black and White Photographs 1996–2007, a catalogue that covers all of Wall’s monochrome pictures to date, with an essay by Craig Burnett.
Although Wall is best known for his backlit colour transparencies in light-boxes, for the past decade he has pursued black-and-white photography with equal vigour. In these works, Wall extends his exploration of the possibilities of realism and what he calls ‘near documentary’ in large-scale photography whose subject matter ranges from a group of casual labourers clustered together at a gathering point beneath an expansive winter sky, tenants of a suburban social housing project to a group of boys who turn an empty lot into a field of imaginary battle.
Curator and writer Craig Burnett, author of the Jeff Wall (Modern Art Series) monograph for Tate Modern, provides the text for the publication, the first occasion that this important aspect of Wall’s oeuvre has been brought together in a single volume.
Contributors: Craig Burnett is a curator and writer, who has published numerous catalogue essays as well as monographs on Jeff Wall and Philip Guston.
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