Dana Lixenberg’s ‘Imperial Courts 1993-2015’ has been my companion this week. An inspiringly, ambitious and fully committed body of work that formed in the aftermath of the L.A. riots in ‘92. The collaborative, evolving, portraits of the residents of this housing project in Watts are captured on (5”x4”) with great sensitivity. There’s more than a passing interest here – there’s real connection and understanding.
I love the understated cover. You’re not entirely certain what’s contained within, but the spirit of the work is captured so effectively in the structure of the design. For me, the book really showcases aspects of photography working at their very best – an ongoing narrative, captured over time, but with lots of manoeuvrability allowing you to imagine and conjure the events in between. The index in the 2nd half of the book is just brilliant.
One of my favourite photobooks from last year.
I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing some of the work from the project as part of the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize showing at The Photographers’ Gallery in London-town (big smoke) until June 11th.
All photobook images © Dana Lixenberg / Published by Roma Publications