David Fokos, ‘Fashionista’, 2016, Fine Art Maya

Framed prints are mounted and framed in a black wood, “shadow box” style frame with anti-reflective museum glass. Optional print only, please inquire.

Series: Book Project

Signature: Signed

Image rights: Fokos

Red Dot Miami 2016

The Book Pages Project

The first decade of the 21st Century will be remembered for the radical paradigm shift brought about by the introduction of a vast array of portable, personal, information technology.

On Monday, July 19, 2010, Amazon announced that for the first time, it had sold more e-books the previous quarter than hardcover books.

This project is an homage to books. “Real” books. Books with covers and dog-eared corners; books with pulpy paper and yellowing pages. Musty smelling books fading into history. It is an appreciation of the book’s physical form – the fonts, the layout, the ink, the printing, and to the art of their authors and the contribution they have made to our culture.

For this project I have chosen works that I believe demonstrate the power of books. Every so often, a writer coins a phrase that goes on to have profound cultural significance, either as part of our daily vocabulary, or as the iconic representation of a point in history. And though, at the moment of inception, they may have been just one or two words among the hundreds of thousands that make a book, these few have lived on to become linguistic superstars.

Life’s a bitch. Or so it’s been since 1950 when Joy Davidman penned those words on page 184 of her novel Weeping Bay. The now common notion of "Cyberspace," for example, didn't exist until 1984 when William Gibson invented it for his book, Neuromancer. For this series, I went back to the birthplace of these ideas to witnesses the moment in which they winked into existence.

With this project I not only wanted to highlight specific words, but I wanted the viewer to see them as works of art rather than mere information. To imbue the creations of these writers with physicality I have manipulated the pages to subtly reference the content. “The Right Stuff” is formed into a conical shape, evocative of the nose of Chuck Yeager’s X1 or a NASA rocket. “Big Brother” is meant to reference police tape, suggesting that Big Brother is preventing you from going past the tape and reading the subversive text on the page behind. "Fashionista" has been formed into a sexy, little dress heading for the catwalk. And after Hunter S. Thompson writes “the drugs began to take hold”, I folded the rest of the page in a way that distorts the text as if the drugs were taking hold of the reader.

Here, in these images, the viewer sees the work of these authors as art, both literally and metaphorically.

San Diego

About David Fokos

Born in 1960 in Baltimore and educated at Cornell University, David Fokos is a photographer now based in San Diego. Working in black and white, Fokos focuses on natural landscapes and architectural and industrial details, finding symmetry and beauty in all of his subjects. "Rather than show what these places look like, I want to show how they feel," he has said.

American, b. 1960, Baltimore, MD, USA, based in San Diego, CA, USA