Xiu Xiu: The Polaroid Project Hardcover – 26 Nov 2007
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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
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.