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Xiu Xiu: The Polaroid Project Hardcover – 26 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; Har/Com edition (26 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979048656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979048654
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,454,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Found only few interesting pictures,more than the half images should not be in a photo book
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HASH(0x8e336fe4) out of 5 stars 'into something rich and strange...' 26 Dec. 2007
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Hardcover
XIU XIU may not be a name known to many but it is the moniker of a difficult to define performance group - an art-rock/experimental/indiepop band - that varies in performance ideas as much as the wind that seems top drive them around. 'XIU XIU: THE POLAROID PROJECT/the book' is a successful attempt to capture that part of the group that is accessible - the physical experience of traveling around on tour with a fascinating group of artists. A fan of the group, David Horovitz, devised this idea: 'I offered anyone attending the shows the opportunity to have Polaroids shot during the current tour mailed to them. For no extra cost if they brought a box of Polaroid film and an envelope with stamps to the shows, I took the photographs, sealed them in their envelopes, and dropped them in a mailbox.' This 'project' resulted in about 1800 Polaroids, many of them floating around the world, but a number of them are contained in this strange but simple and honest album.

The beautifully designed book, from the blind embossed cardboard cover imprinted with an actual Polaroid image to the generous, clean pages each reserved for only one Polaroid at a time, is so honest in its content that it becomes an art object rather than a journeyman's diary. The images vary from shots of sky to cats at play to funky opened luggage to landscapes to many photographs of the band members. They are not posed, but instead are surprisingly spontaneous, an aspect of the photography that makes each composition extraordinary. The collection is not meant to make sense but rather to appeal to the imagination, the raw senses, much the way the bands performances vary from stage to stage.

Included with the book is a CD 'A Soundtrack for a Polaroid of Two Trees in Indiana', mastered by Jherek Bishoff with field recordings collected by David Horvitz from North American tours in 2006 and 2007. This inclusion along with the many notes spread throughout the book give those of us who are strangers to Xiu Xiu an introduction that is pure seduction! This is a terrific 'art work' of a book and represents a fascinating performance ensemble that doubtless will become better known after readers enjoy 'the book'. Grady Harp, December 07
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HASH(0x8e4d5a60) out of 5 stars A book of nothing 1 Mar. 2011
By Spider Labyrinth - Published on
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I am a huge Xiu Xiu fan. I was so excited about this book. When I got it, flip through it. BEYOND DISAPPOINTED!!! I was expecting something more bizarre, maybe even outrageous. There were tons of photos of NOTHING!!! Just walk outside your house and take a picture. Basically all that it is. I expected a more intimate look at tour life or the band themselves. NO! Out of the whole book, there's maybe MAYBE 4 decent photos. Sorry guys, I love their music, but this book would only be worth $1. Anything more, wouldn't be worth it. A BIG letdown!!!!
HASH(0x8e7b2f78) out of 5 stars An amazing document of touring 8 Jun. 2014
By IL Gimon - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ever since I watched some of the videos David Horvitz has made for artists like Xiu Xiu, High Places and BARR, I have enjoyed what he does. His approach to art is very clean, sometimes minimalistic, influenced by the Fluxus movement. This book is a collection of pictures from a Xiu Xiu tour while he was their tour manager; and you should consider this book as a family album, or the gathering of images from spending time on the road.
This book also features a bonus CD with field recordings by David himself, as well as some of the bands and artists that joined Xiu Xiu on that tour.

This is a must have for photography lovers, Xiu Xiu fans, and people in general who enjoy watching a beautiful journal of a group of friends through the eyes of an artist.
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