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HARDENED – book launch and exhibition
Oct 25 – Nov 23, 2019
A world of everyday neurosis, minor catastrophe, panic, charm, indiscretion, revelation, fallen pride, deflated bravado, pricked narcissism, and unexpected affection. In a culture in which seemingly everything is contrived for the camera, it is heartening, and horrifying, to see what it looks like when it doesn’t think it is being photographed, or at least photographed the way Jeff Mermelstein does it.
– David Campany, from HARDENED
Jeff Mermelstein is a street photography icon based in New York.
After a long successful career using the iconic Leica, over the past few years Mermelstein has been using only his mobile phone (which he says has enabled a ‘reinvention of the snapshot, a game-changer’), posting images on his Instagram feed.
HARDENED, released by UK-based publisher Mörel Books and launched at Micamera on October 25, 2019 – gathers 305 pictures taken over two years, edited and sequenced by curator, writer and artist David Campany culled from more than 700 photographs.
The book is an overwhelming, full-bleed, raw representation of the human condition made mostly on the streets of New York. Mermelstein is a voyeur with a startling sense of humour, capturing the extraordinary and the beauty out of the banal.
Reflecting upon the ease and superficiality of social media connection, HARDENED is a break-through, showing the work by a photographer-anthropologist of our digitalised age.
The book launch will be accompanied by an installation of all 305 photographs in the gallery. Jeff Mermelstein will attend the opening on October 25 and sign the copies of the book.
Limited Edition of 750
30.8 x 22 cm
PREORDERS → 50€
BOOK LAUNCH PRICE → 55€
REGULAR PRICE → 60€
Mermelstein was born in 1957 and studied at Rutgers College and the International Center of Photography.
He is faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York since 1988, winner of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the European Publishers Award for Photography.
One of his images is on the cover of ‘Street photography: A History In 100 iconic images’ (Prestel, 2019 – curated by David Gibson), and his work is included in various books and exhibitions including, David Campany’s ‘a Handful of Dust’ (touring exhibition, book by MACK, 2015, 2017)
He has released five monographs: SideWalk (winner of the European Publishers Award, released in Italy by Peliti Associati, 1999), No Title Here (Powerhouse, 2003), Twirl and Run (Powerhouse, 2009), Arena (TBW, 2019 – in which he approaches street photography a little differently BY taking his camera indoors) and Hardened (Morel Books, 2019).
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