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Nocturnal Hardcover – March 19, 2013

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Kehrer Verlag (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3868283706
  • ISBN-13: 978-3868283709
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,439,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Hallam Day is a fine art photographer in Washington. He has taught photography at the Smithsonian Institution in other local programs. His work is in numerous museum and private collections in the United States and abroad, including the State Museum of Berlin, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. His artistic interests revolve around the themes of culture and history, and humanity’s footprint on the natural world. Recent projects include the erasure of personal and cultural memory in East Berlin, and on the impact of globalization on African identity. He was a winner of the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Prize in 2012 and the Bader Prize in 2006, and was a finalist both for the Sondheim Prize in 2007, the Sony Prize in 2010, the Voies Off Prize at Arles in 2010, and has received several grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He was Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in 2007, and was U.S. Cultural Envoy to Ethiopia in 2008. He has juried and curated numerous photography shows and competitions in the Washington area. He also writes on photography for Photo Review.

Stephen Perloff Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review and editor of The Photograph Collector. He has taught photography and the history of photography and has been the recipient of two grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for arts criticism. His articles have been reproduced in dozens of other journals and he has been called on as an expert to comment on the state of the photography market for publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander S. on December 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Nocturnal is a result of photographer Frank Hallam Day's month-long journey through Florida. In his images, Day explores the relationship between man and the environment through the lens of the recreational vehicle (RV). These ultra-modern, high-tech, luxury homes on wheels, seemingly as anti-nature as could be, become confusingly entwined with the night-time jungle landscapes of Florida.

Throughout Nocturnal, the ambiguities of this relationship become evident. For example, the RV models shown in the series have names like Wilderness, Mountaineer, Escaper, Cougar and Falcon. This closeness to and simultaneous alienation from the world of nature feels characteristic of the relationship between modern man and the environment. While the brightly lit mobile homes cower and hide themselves between the trees, they also become beacons of safety against the darkness.

Many of Day's images appear posed and artificial but they are not. Day had the time to take such careful photographs because he was not bothered by the owners of these vehicles. The residents are never seen because they are cocooned in the bright warmth of their luxurious homes away from home. But outside of their sanctuary, the atmosphere is artificially illuminated by the electric glow they bring into the "wilderness": Do the RVs represent escape or isolation? Fear or excitement? Destruction or appreciation?

These are eery photographs and the book is unsettling from beginning to end. Day takes a very specific subject and pushes it as far as it will go. Nocturnal is not a magnum opus but a focused, very well executed series worthy of consideration.
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