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Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Christian Michael Filardo Christian Michael Filardo selects Public Secrets by Visvaldas Morkevicius as Book of the Week.
Public Secrets. By Visvaldas Morkevicius. Self-published, 2016.
Christian Michael Filardo selects Public Secrets self-published by Visvaldas Morkevicius as Book of the Week.

"Living vicariously through the lens of another is something I find myself doing often. Traversing the streets of a city I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting, spending time in an empty bar drenched in red light, trying to recall the friends preserved in a picture that I’ve never seen. Often my favorite photographs leave me wishing I had been around the moment that they occurred. In Visvaldas Morkevicius’s monograph Public Secrets we are taken on a journey worth experiencing.

Intensely free and candid Public Secrets feels like a late night out; inebriated, a wrecking ball. When you look at these pictures you can almost hear the four on the floor, the techno in the club, your friend screaming into your ear over an onslaught of decibels. Morkevicius captures the security cameras, white shoes against fog soaked darkness, a smashed windshield; all the things people do while everyone else is asleep.

What does it feel like to stay out late? What does it feel like to break something? Could this be what happens after the next beer? These are all questions I find myself asking when I look at Morkevicius’s images. Fueled by lifestyle and the will to travel with a camera Morkevicius has pillaged his archives in order to present us with these slivers of his life, a taste of his youth and the ability to feel the sunrise after an evening of drinking." —Christian Michael Filardo

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Public Secrets. By Visvaldas Morkevicius. Self-published, 2016.

Public Secrets. By Visvaldas Morkevicius. Self-published, 2016.



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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