It is always a delight to meet with David Chickey, designer for Chickey+Skolkin and one of the multi-talented founders of Radius Books. Last week, I stopped by the publishing house's clean, minimal, yet comfy and welcoming offices in downtown Santa Fe to pick up a few review copies of House of Love by Dayanita Singh, Janelle Lynch's Los Jardines de Mexico and Animals are Outside Today by Colleen Plumb for upcoming book reviews on photo-eye Magazine. David graciously offered me a cup of espresso and a preview of two new upcoming and one especially long-awaited Radius titles: Ralph Eugene Meatyard's Dolls and Masks and John Gossage and Alec Soth's The Auckland Project.
|Limited Edition of Dolls and Masks by Ralph Eugene Meatyard|
|David Chickey holds Alec Soth's piece from The Auckland Project|
Here, David Chickey holds Alec Soth's contribution to the uniquely designed book project. I am told, and I hope I get this right, that Soth arrived in Auckland with a new digital camera and, however advanced he is with analog format, he was still acquainting himself with the newer of the two. One day, he takes a low res photo of this attractive woman and much to his chagrin, realizes the pixelated mistake much too late in the day. Anyway, I do not want to ruin the entire story nor the mystique of the book so I will wait for you to read the rest of it yourself, as the actual story, presented in Alec's own handwriting and illustrations, is reproduced on the back of the large image and folded neatly in a printed folio inside the plastic slipcase.
|John Gossage, from The Auckland Project|
|An Easy Guide to Southern Star|
|Proofs from John Gossage's book, The Auckland Project|
Preorder a signed copy of The Auckland Project here.
Preorder a copy of Dolls and Masks here.