stephen gill coming up for air

Stephen Gill: Coming Up For Air

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Chris Boot had just published Stephen Gill’s first book Field Studies when I began working for him in 2005.

I remember being drawn to Gill’s quasi-anthropological conceptual approach, softened by its humour and the quiet beauty of its photographs. I knew Gill’s work already because he used to shoot for Colors magazine while I was working as an editor there under the scrutiny of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. I remember that printouts of his series of Trolley Portraits adorned the kitchen of the Photo Editor’s flat in Treviso. After Field Studies, Gill went solo and started to publish his own photobooks under the moniker of Nobody Books: amove prompted more out of necessity than design, for the prolific nature of his work was at odds with traditional marketing dictums.

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Published in Photoworks Issue 15, 2010-11

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