South of Chennai, 2001
Archival inkjet print, 9 x 9” image on 14 x 11” paper
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist
Jason Fulford has adopted the photobook format as his primary mode of expression and works with the sequence and arrangement of individual images to build layers of articulation. He intentionally leaves unanswered many of the questions that his work poses about the experience of looking and thinking; he invites viewers and readers to become active participants in deciphering images. His most notable monographs include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs for $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), and Hotel Oracle (2013). Fulford is also the co-author, with Tamara Shopsin, of a photobook for children titled This Equals That (2014). His print, South of Chennai (2001), comes from this project, in which the triangular shape of the shark’s mouth is the focus of a playful pairing of images. Through pictures and storytelling, Fulford toys with the language of photography and the meaning of images. Fulford was a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and is the co-founder of J&L Books, through which he produces a few new books each year by and about contemporary artists.