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Lady Readers - from the collection of Sara Knelman

Lady Readers - from the collection of Sara Knelman

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‘Though I’ve gathered them together, these images don’t belong to me. They’ve been let loose in the world, unbound from the conditions of their production, and from the people and places that made them. Collecting them is a way of bringing an attentiveness to this narrow photographic theme, and in turn to the symbolic power it might hold. What might these images convey about women as readers (or as writers)—as imaginers of the world? In her essay about reading, “How Should One Read a Book?”, Virginia Woolf describes the special space of reading: “Everywhere else may be bound by laws and conventions,” she writes, but “there we have none.” Even when we know how an image may have been used, we can’t know what the readers within them are thinking: Is their attention on the book or letter in hand? What effect are words and ideas having on their perspectives? Or are their minds instead wandering to other thoughts?’ (Excerpt from essay by Sara Knelman)

The book is designed so that by turning the pages and opening the gatefolds the reader can view the front and back of each of the photographic objects, and can rearrange the sequence of the images, giving the experience of exploring the original archive. There are three different colour spines to choose from.

Sara Knelman writes, curates and collects pictures of lady readers


Title: Lady Readers
Publisher: Ottoby Press, 2024
Photographers: From the Photographs collection of Sara Knelman

Author: Essay by Sara Knelman

Graphic Design: Daniel Alexander
Format: Open Spine Hardcover
Size: 17 x 20 cm, 32 pages
ISBN: 9781916385290

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