Alan Gignoux: Mountaintops to Moonscapes (preorder signed copies)
Mountaintops to Moonscapes is a handmade photobook in which photographer Alan Gignoux documents the ruinous impact of mountaintop removal mining on the Appalachian region and its people.
Mountaintops to Moonscapes comprises a large format book with slip-sleeve, hand-bound in multiple parts, and a booklet in which origami folding techniques are used to express the violence being done to the Appalachian landscape.
A companion to Oil Sands, Mountaintops to Moonscapes comprises a large format book with slip-sleeve, hand-bound in multiple parts, and a booklet in which origami folding techniques are used to express the violence being done to the Appalachian landscape.
The team chose a generous format for the larger book to perfectly show the huge landscapes Alan was documenting, along with the vast areas of land being destroyed. Photographs of leafy mountain towns soon give way to the industry of mountaintop removal mining. The book is bound in four parts, allowing the photos to overlap in different combinations, showing the complicated relationship between environmental issues and the local economy. The final image is one large photo showing the destruction left behind. The cover is printed on a textured card representing the tactile nature of the land.
A small booklet containing text-based information accompanies the larger book and includes a paper explosion that gives sculptural form to the mountaintop removal mining process.
Title: Mountaintops to Moonscapes
Publisher: Self published, 2021
Editor/Researcher: Jenny Christensson
Author: Essay by Jane Branham
Photographer: Alan Gignoux
Graphic Design: Emily Macaulay at Stanley James Press & Chloe Juno
Size: 56 pages in larger book plus small 12-page booklet (measuring 148 x 210mm) containing a large ‘exploding’ foldout page (measuring 300 x 300mm)