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Jessica Dimmock: The Ninth Floor Hardcover – 12 Nov 2007


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  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Contrasto (12 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8869650596
  • ISBN-13: 978-8869650598
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,554,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first saw Jessica Dimmock's Ninth Floor work at the Foam Photography exhibition in Amsterdam back in 2008.

This is a photographic documentary of the 3 years Jessica Dimmock associated herself with a group of addicts in the flat iron district of New York. Her work is truely hypnotic and so real you initially find a part of yourself trying to pretend that it isnt. There's everything you would superficially expect from a group of users, unclean surroundings, junk and disregard but in an irrefutable way Dimmock captures the life under the surface that remains around and in them. In colour and objects, in light and in darkness, in their expressions when they shoot up, out on the streets or just watching TV; it is their life which gets you hooked to turn every page and step further into their world to curiously observe it.

I have always been moved by these images, these people, these lives and they have in an unexpected way had a place in my mind ever since I saw this exhibition -they remain for me suspended in time and place. Despite the theme, there is life here more than we will ever know. The will to survive, somewhat clouded in judgement by drugs, still remains; yet they are no more in denial about life than those of us who spend each day working towards coffee and cigarette breaks and go home to stare at the TV every night.

Dimmock's work is about living, albeit on the edge, you will be drawn in. I've walked through this area of New York -a picturesque ideal, and what really grabs me the most is that you really never know what happens behind closed doors. Dimmock lets us in and gives us a glimpse of a truth which most people can live a whole life denying.

I find myself wondering what has happened to these people now, where have they gone or where are they going?

This is excellent photography, engaging and real.
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By Dale O'keeffe on 22 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jessica Dimmock's Book 'The Ninth Floor' captures the essence of life as as a drug addicted person. Her photos are stunning and full page colour prints really help to show the story of the lives of these individuals on the ninth floor.
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Masterful Photography 8 July 2009
By J. Fuld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you're on the verge of losing your humanity and desire to keep it (I hope you do!) this book will assist in bringing you back to empathy.

Gripping tales that remind you why drugs, particularly heroin, should continue to be illegal.

Exceptional photography and story.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must have! 1 April 2009
By John P. Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dimmock's original perspective helps viewers understand familiar
subject matter (addiction) in a new light. Her depictions make clear and eloquent statements on
the human condition. This book is an invaluable resource for those eager
to learn about developing a coherent voice as a photographer in time when it is more difficult to learn
about documentary photography as its markets have been rapidly shrinking and published
monographs are scarce.
A+ 10 Mar. 2014
By Giulio Greselin - Published on Amazon.com
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A job very well done. The evolution of a story in the years. An insight of our society, much more common than what you think.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Powerful 1 Dec. 2011
By C. Markham - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautiful and diverse collection of images - the artist's empathy shines through. I look forward to more of her work.
4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
9th floor 31 Aug. 2008
By Robert F. Apholz - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very disappointed with this book. It came highly recommended by a fellow photographer so I purchased it sight unseen. I thought every image had the same look. None of the images were powerful. I would think that living with drug addicts you could get some fantastic photos. This book does not portray that to me. The cover was one of the best images.
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