Internationally acclaimed artist Phil Collins, shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2006, was commissioned by Photoworks and the Brighton Photo Biennial to make his first bookwork in October 2003.
Collins spent six months living in the crumbling modernist block of flats, Embassy Court, in Brighton. The resulting book is an intimate diaristic account of his life and and work. Collins carefully records his relationships with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances; refugees, asylum seekers, support workers, close friends, and brief acquaintances; making poignant and personal connections between far-flung places, from Brighton, New York City, and Belfast to Kosovo, Palestine, and Serbia. Collins sees a fundamental importance in photography’s ability to bring people together. His artistic practice is in some ways incidental, a mechanism that allows him to establish relationships with others on the most basic level. His portraiture rests on delicate and intimate exchanges that arise in face of the ambiguous presence of the camera, and his photographs are at once beautiful, personal and contentious.
Texts by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Sinisa Mitrovi and Dr Andrew Renton with a foreword by David Chandler and Jeremy Millar.
Produced for the Brighton Photo Biennial, 2003, curated by Jeremy Millar.
Designed by SMITH
Published in 2003
100 full colour illustration