|A touch of imagination – Gregory Halpern's ZZYZX |
’s latest photobook, ZZYZX, provides a by turns gritty and fantastical journey through Los Angeles and the Mojave desert. From the bone-dry Eastern boundaries of the desert to the metropolis’s Western terminus at the Pacific, the City of Angels, in Halpern’s vision, is a chimera of magical realism and a repository of landscape oddities and colorful personalities.
The monograph begins with an iconic image of a tattooed hand blocking the sun–a fruitless effort at shielding the persistent light that gives the city both its metallic glisten and strident heat. An apt metaphor for the persistence of a city and its people struggling with conditions they cannot control, the image sets the tone for the book and introduces you to Halpern’s extreme microfocus. Few sweeping panoramas here. Instead you get a pile up of edgy images of non-standard beauties, both human and landscape.
|© Gregory Halpern 2016 courtesy MACK.|
The monograph starts with a notable picture of an inked hand hindering the sun–a vain exertion at protecting the tireless light that gives the city both its metallic sparkle and strident warmth. An able allegory for the determination of a city and its kin battling with conditions they can't control, the picture sets the tone for the book and acquaints you with Halpern's extraordinary microfocus. Few clearing scenes here. Rather you get a heap up of restless pictures of non-standard wonders, both human and scene.