PRE-ORDER | On Death


PRE-ORDER | On Death


On Death, 2019


Kris Graves Projects invites you to submit your work to be considered for publication in On Death, a joint photobook with Humble Arts Foundation

Following Humble's 2018 online group show On Death, and their latest show, Loss, Kris Graves invited Jon Feinstein and Roula Seikaly to team up on a followup photobook: On Death, set to publish later this year. For critics and philosophers including the late Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, photography itself was a "kind of death," or as Sontag put it in On Photography, a "memento mori that enables participation in another's mortality, vulnerability, mutability." Sure, Sontag and Barthes' waxed wisdom is decades old, but we continue to see it transcending time and shifting attitudes towards the medium. Building on the two previous online shows, the book will look at contemporary photographic takes on the end of life, not only as it passes, but conceptually and in the metaphors entangled in the practice – how time and life arrest within a frame.

Text - Roula Seikaly, Jon Feinstein
Design - Kris Graves

8 x 10" vertical
112 pages
offset, softcover
45 artists, 55 plates
limited first edition of 450

Jon Feinstein is a Seattle and New York City-based photographer, curator, writer, co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation and content director at The Luupe. Jon has curated exhibitions for Chicago’s Filter Photo Festival, Photoville, Glassbox Gallery in Seattle, WA and Art-Bridge at The Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY. Jon and Roula Seikaly, recently won BlueSky Gallery’s 2019 curatorial prize for their exhibition “An Inward Gaze.” His projects have been featured in Aperture, The NYTimes, The New Republic, BBC, VICE, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Feature Shoot, and his writing has appeared in VICE, Aperture, Photograph, TIME, Slate, GOOD, Daylight, and PDN.

Roula Seikaly is an independent writer and curator based in Berkeley, CA. She has curated exhibitions at SF Camerawork, SOMArts, Blue Sky Gallery, and the Utah Museum of Arts. She contributes to print and online platforms including Aperture, Hyperallergic, Photograph, BOMB Magazine, Afterimage, and KQED Arts. Follow her on Instagram.

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