Roe Ethridge, Neighbors
20,5 x 29 cm, 96p, ills colour & bw, hardcover, English
Published by Mackbooks
Coinciding with his first solo museum exhibition in North America, Neighbors presents more than 15 years of Roe Ethridge’s photographs, which typically and wryly collapse distinctions between commercial, conceptual and personal uses of photography. Divided into three ‘chapters’, the central section spans the American photographer’s entire oeuvre, from his early self-published projects to his most recent work, bookended by two almost inscrutable series in his signature deadpan style: family snapshots of grey, rural beach scenes, and images of farm animals – turkey, pigs, goats – to conclude. Rendering the mundane peculiar, hilarious even, Neighbors haphazardly traces the evolution of Ethridge’s attempt to bombard his viewers with a heady mixture of imagery, subverting the stylistic tropes of each genre as it relishes in the oddities of image-making and viewing.