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Visitor by Ofer Wolberger

Review by Larissa Leclair

As part of the Photographic Book Project, Visitor is the eighth book in what will be a collection of twelve self-published artist books by New York-based photographer Ofer Wolberger. Beginning in 2010, Wolberger started the ambitious project of creating one book a month. So far, starting with the first book, the Photographic Book Project includes Star Quality, New Breed, Town, Jewels & Fur, Stay, Covers, Germs, and now Visitor. That exhausting pace has slowed a bit but not his creative output, with this last book being one of my favorites. Visitor is a collection of security camera photographs, the type of small black and white photos necessary on some visitor ID badges to government buildings, enlarged to double-page spread size. The beauty of this book is the subtlety in the face of the red stripe that runs down the gutter, deceivingly and blatantly marking the secret. It is only when the unbound book is taken apart do we see the true full photograph and realize we have just flipped through brilliantly fabricated book spreads.

Larissa Leclair is the founder of the Indie Photobook Library, an archive of self-published and indie published photobooks that showcases them through pop-up and feature-length exhibitions (most recently in China and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art), promotes them through written articles and lectures, and preserves them as a non-circulating public library. Having a specific collection dedicated to these kinds of books allows for the development of future discourse on trends in self-publishing, the ability to reflect on and compare books in the collection, and for scholarly research to be conducted in years to come. Leclair is also an independent curator.

Ofer Wolberger (b. 1976) is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He is the recipient of The Humble Arts Foundation Spring 2008 Grant for Emerging Photographers. He was a finalist for both the BMW Paris Photo Prize in 2008 as well as the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie in 2009. His photographs have been collected and exhibited internationally. In 2009 his project Life with Maggie, was exhibited at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London and at C/O Berlin. Next year Life with Maggie will be exhibited at VU in Quebec. He is currently working on a series of 12 self-published artists books. Ofer is a member of the POC Project.

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011.


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