|The Mushroom Collector, Photographs by Jason Fulford. |
Published by The Soon Institute, 2010.
Reviewed by Shane Lavalette
Jason Fulford The Mushroom Collector
Photographs by Jason Fulford. Edited by Lorenzo de Rita.
The Soon Institute, 2010. Hardbound. 196 pp., 115 color illustrations, 9-1/2x12-12".
As co-founder of the publishing house J&L Books and author of a handful of titles of his own including Sunbird, Crushed and Raising Frogs for $$$, Jason Fulford is certainly no stranger to the photobook. This holds true in viewing his latest publication, The Mushroom Collector.
Like a scavenger hunt for something intangible, Fulford links together a series of photographs in numbered chronology, beginning decidedly on the book's dust jacket: "1. It all started when Ted gave me the mushroom pictures," reads the text beneath a postcard picturing Russula Pectinoides and a book of matches. Ted had discovered these 'mushroom pictures' in a box at a flea market before deciding to pass them on. Unassuming at first, over time the anonymous images began to resonate with Fulford in a way that he simply could not ignore, eventually informing his daily photographic practice.
Shane Lavalette (b. 1987, Burlington, VT) is a photographer currently living and working in Somerville, MA. In 2009, he received his BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His photographs have been published and exhibited internationally. In addition, Lavalette is the founding editor of Lay Flat, a publication of contemporary photography and writing on the medium. www.shanelavalette.com / www.layflat.org