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Thomas Allen: Uncovered Board book – September 1, 2007
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"Allen's work is inspired by a love of pop-up books; he photographs these engaging tableaux in shallow focus -- imbuing his full color prints with the dreamy effect of a stereoscopic toy -- and expands the physical format of the paperback book into an otherwordly fantasy." --Flak Photo
"Looked at individually, each image is notable as much for its craft as for its narrative; as a collection they seem an allegory of a pop-history with gravity we don't witness enough today." -- Jay Gardner --Picture Magazine
"Old-school film noir, pulp fiction, and pop-up books coalesce beautifully in tableaux in photographer Thomas Allen's first monograph, Uncovered." -- Jared Paul Stern --BlackBook
"Vampish vixens, drunken sailors, bust-ups and shoot-outs are some of the entertaining images that can be found in this photographic homage to the golden age of pulp fiction, film noir and cult westerns. Thomas Allen cuts away and twists old paperbacks into these subverted narratives, bursting out of pages that almost slide off the edge of the mantelpiece." --The Bookseller
About the Author
American Butterfly Association and editor of American Butterflies Magazine.
Chip Kidd is a designer/writer in New York City. His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked nonstop since 1986, have helped create a revolution in the art of American book packaging. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well as the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography. Kidd has published two novels, "The Cheese Monkeys" and "The Learners", and is also the author of "Batman: Death By Design" and the coauthor and designer of "True Prep", the sequel to the beloved "Official Preppy Handbook". His 2012 TED Talk has been viewed 1.2 million times and is cited as one of the funniest of the year. He is most recently the author of the bestselling GO: A Kidd s Guide To Graphic Design".
Top Customer Reviews
I recommend it to anyone who love photography and pulp fiction brought together in such an unusual and surprising manner!
Cristina, Madeira Island - Portugal
I was first introduced to this series of Allen's photographs on his website where I immediately fell in love with them. But it was only after picking up a copy of this book that I was able to fully appreciate the true genius of his work. The experience of holding this book and flipping through its thick cardboard pages awakens your sense of touch and sight, creating the sensation that you could reach down and pick up the figures as if they were actually sitting in front of you. His photographs are meant to spark the viewer's imagination. Each figure and scene has a different feeling and personality, yet the ambiguity of what is happening allows for more than one story to be told and for each individual to create his or her own version.
The overall simplicity and originality of his work is inspiring. The illusions that Allen creates with his photographs never cease to amaze me. To see such powerful images created out of something as simple as an old book, is a refreshing break from the digital, manipulated world that photography has fallen into.
Some of you may be wondering by now is the book worth it, or is Allen a one trick pony? I have no idea how he does the things he does with a razor blade and a steady stack of old, sometimes crumpled up paperbacks, but they say a documentary is coming and will soon be on public TV to show the artist at work. You can see in UNCOVERED how, in an effort to keep the sliced out cover image at least minimally attached to the book itself (what a curious, seemingly irrational restraint), he has been known to carve out a single line--one here shows a line of smoke mounting moodily from an unfiltered cigarette, so slim and tenuous you wouldn't think anyone could get in that narrowly.
Are they suggestive? And how! It's an Oulipean art practice, born of subtraction, that nevertheless extends itself into eros and beyond. The campy aspects of the original covers seem to dissolve under the application of all that rigor and man meets woman, woman meets woman, man meets man, and undresses right quick, just the way the Lord meant it to happen. The sensual just pops right out, almost like a physiological reaction.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The arrived on time and all went well. I just didn't like the book!Published 14 months ago by Christine Weller
The debut monograph of photography artist Thomas Allen, Uncovered: Photographs by Thomas Allen presents surprisingly lascivious images from pulp paperbacks of bygone decades,... Read morePublished on July 11, 2008 by Midwest Book Review
What a treat to get a book, open it and immediately be grabbed by the contents. 'Uncovered' did that for me. Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by Robin
I really liked the approach the artist took in preparing this book- it was really interesting! Turned out to be a great gift, but the cardboard pages make this book deceptively... Read morePublished on February 29, 2008 by R. J. Anderson
Wow! I'm between pays, but one look at this ripe book, and I dished over
whatever they asked. A babyboomer who found Dell Mapbacks all over the
house---and have since... Read more