21.11.2023  •  Art NEWS

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GoSee Book Tip : ‘American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life’ - photographic insights into American bedrooms by Barbara Peacock – as a photo book at Kehrer Publishing

‘American Bedroom’ is a poetic photographic journey, viewing Americans in their most intimate dwelling: the bedroom. The nature of the project: unguarded portraits of individuals, couples, and families that reveal the depth of their unique character, truth, and spirit.

The photos are full of subtle details which invite us to contemplate the idiosyncrasies of each enigmatic life – paired with quotes from each subject. My life has been dramatic, and it could not have been better, says, for instance, 97-year-old Doris from Overland Park, Kansas.

Barbara Peacock is a photographer and director living in Portland, Maine. Since the time ‘American Bedroom’ was started in 2016, she has won the Getty Editorial Grant, the Women Photograph/Getty Grant, three LensCulture Awards, four Top 50 Critical Mass Awards, and was named one of the Top 100 Photographers in America in 2020.

An introductory quote from Larry Fink : “Barbara Peacock’s American Bedroom photographs are a testimony to emotional innocence playing footsie with the devil. With a subject matter such as this, one could almost instantly go toward lurid, voyeuristic admonitions; she does not. Often her subjects are without clothing, in the bed, frolicking around, neutralizing any conventional identity. What is it within her that so magnetizes her subjects in the bed in front of her, that she as an imposing presence, ‘the photographer’, no longer exists?

Barbara Peacock sees the bedroom as the shrine of life : “I believe the bedroom is not just a private place, but a sacred place. We build it as a shrine to our lives (even if houseless) and spend nearly one third of our lives in it. It exemplifies our being; it is a place to rest, to love, to comfort, to be, to give life, to restore, to recover, to grieve, to lay sick and to die. The one thing I know for certain is that all lives are important, and everyone has a story to tell. This is not a look at our differences – although there may be many – it is about our likenesses, our loves, our dreams, and all the threads of commonality that connect us as human beings.”

Barbara Peacock ‘American Bedroom – Reflections on the Nature of Life’
Texts written by Barbara Peacock, quotes from the subjects
Designed by Kehrer Design (Lisa Drechsel)
Hardcover, 31.5 x 23 cm, 208 pages, 91 color images
English, ISBN 978-3-96900-129-5

GoSee kehrerverlag.com & barbpeacock.com

 
Featuring: KEHRER Verlag
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

Barbara Peacock 'American Bedroom - Reflections on the Nature of Life' (KEHRER VERLAG)

 
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