Josh MacPhee

Smile, You’re On Camera

Josh MacPhee

Smile, You’re On Camera

Date

2018

Edition Size

100

Media

Risograph

Binding

Stapled

Dimensions

11 × 17 × 1 in

Pages

28

Location

Brooklyn, NY

$ 25.00

4 in stock


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New York University (NYU)

6 color Risograph printed book
Staple and book tape bound

This publication lands somewhere between a zine, an artist book, a giant flip book, and an image collection. I’ve collected 27 different graphic icons representing cameras and surveillance, and piled them on top of each other—each page in the book is followed by a page with an additional camera icon added to it, the final page so covered that it becomes difficult to even see what you are looking at.

While the book is about how excessive surveillance has become in society, the production itself became an excessive process performance, with pages stacking up in massive piles as each page had to continually be fed through the risograph each time an image was added. The final page went through the machine 26 different times. The book captures this extreme use of the printing equipment, as the later pages are bent, smeared, and otherwise slightly damaged by having to be fed through the machine so many times.