|Horizonville, Photographs by Yann Gross. |
Published by JRP|Ringier, 2011.
Reviewed by Colin Pantall
Yann Gross Horizonville
Photographs by Yann Gross. Edited by Yann Gross. Text by Joël Vacheron.
JRP|Ringier, 2011. Softcover. 70 pp., 50 color illustrations, 9-1/2x11-1/2".
Slip through a wormhole in space and there are an infinite number of possible worlds you could end up in. The world Yann Gross found himself in was Horizonville. It's the kind of town that confirms the suspicions held by many of Switzerland's fellow Europeans; that there is something odd about Switzerland, odd beyond the oddness of France or Italy or England, odd with 'great big fecking bells on it.' Not only is the country home to pharmaceutical companies, banks and the Federation of International Football Associations, for Yann Gross it is also a center of a skewed American culture; American culture with Swiss characteristics.
Colin Pantall is a UK-based writer, photographer and teacher - he is currently a visiting lecturer in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales. His work has been exhibited in London, Amsterdam, Manchester and Rome and his Sofa Portraits will be published as a handmade book early next year. Further thoughts of Colin Pantall can be found on his blog, which was listed as one of Wired.com’s favourites earlier this year.