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Book of the Week: A Pick by Christian Michael Filardo


Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christian Michael Filardo Christian Michael Filardo selects Ever After by Asako Narahashi as Book of the Week.
Ever AfterBy Asako NarahashiOsiris, 2013.
Christian Michael Filardo picks Ever After by Asako Narahashi from Osiris as Book of the Week.

"The significance of water to human life is paramount. So it’s fairly ironic that humans can drown if submerged in water for too long. In Asako Narahashi’s book Ever After the viewer spends most of their time treading water while gazing at the shore. This book is not for the landlocked but for those searching for an answer in the depths of blue that spread across the majority of our planet.

Rather than exposing truths, Narahashi’s photographs ask more questions. Is there someone up on that mountain? Who lives in that building? Do we go with the tide or do we swim against it? While these questions are valid, I can’t help but feel like Ever After is acting as a form of catharsis for Narahashi. The physical nature in which these photographs were made makes Ever After feel like a document of performance.

Thus the photographs in Ever After exist as cliff notes to remind us that there is more to life than what appears on the surface. It’s about what lies beneath us in the depths of our humanity. It reminds us that answers can be found just about anywhere if one looks hard enough, and that the questions that arise from those answers give us the power to keep from drowning."—Christian Michael Filardo

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Ever AfterBy Asako NarahashiOsiris, 2013.
Ever AfterBy Asako NarahashiOsiris, 2013.

Christian Michael Filardo is a photographer and composer living and working in Santa Fe, NM. Filardo has worked for VICE Magazine, Believer Magazine, the Phoenix New Times, and is the shipping manager at photo-eye Bookstore. He is a recent recipient of an honorarium in new music from Oberlin College’s Modern Music Guild. Filardo’s first book, Say My Last Name Softly, a collaboration with Marie Claire Bryant, was released in April 2016 on Holy Page Records.


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