Photographs of a deserted cosmos in a beautifully printed and elaborately designed book, this is the fourth title from the young Dutch photographer Cuny Janssen. Her photographs recall the work of Wolfgang Tillmans in a very personal diary (of a place). Janssen travels frequently to Prince Albert, South Africa, to the middle of the Great Karoo – an ancient seabed formed millions of years ago. It is this severe dry landscape that Janssen explores with her camera and upon which she projects stark portraits of local young people. Indeed, it is the balance between fresh, young lives and unspoiled and harsh nature that lends this body of work a highly contemplative feel. The essay by Craig McEwan is a poem, an elegy for the archaic land written in geological time."
There is Something in the Air in Prince Albert is part of a selection of books available from proto~ that coincides with Sean O’Toole’s research exhibition Photo book! Photo-book! Photobook! at A4 Arts Foundation, from February 11 to April 29, 2022.
25.6 x 37.6 cm | hardcover
Cuny Janssen (b.1975) completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht and later worked as an intern for Thomas Struth in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 2000, Cuny has travelled around the world making portraits of children in their everyday environments and picturing the landscapes that surround them. She exclusively works in colour, capturing fleeting moments with the slow medium of an analogue 4x5-inch plate camera (a contradiction her practice remains alive to). Her collected images extend impressions and expression of diverse places and their people. Cuny lives and works in Amsterdam.