Taken From Memory
Essay by Peter Galassi
Designed by Kehrer Design (Anja Aronska)
75 color and 2 b/w ills.
Euro 39,90 / GBP 35.00 / US$ 50.00
Taken From Memory is the result of a 25-year long-time project by American photographer Sheron Rupp. Personal in nature, these photographs offer a stirring glimpse into the life in the commonly disregarded rural areas and small towns between the bustling metropolises of the East and West Coasts.
“Growing up in rural Ohio shaped the photography of Sheron Rupp (b. 1943, United States), whose long-term project Taken From Memory looks at often neglected small American towns. . . . By documenting locals in their front yards – strangers to her – Rupp has nonetheless created a very personal body of work. Each photograph can be regarded as a self-portrait, the result of Rupp’s quest to find her own place in this world. The project also serves as a chronicle of a part of the United States where time has stood still; even though some images were taken 25 years apart, it’s hard to see the difference in date.”
- GUP Magazine, February 25, 2019
“Sheron Rupp’s photos of rural America are delicate, heartfelt, and teeming with humanity.”
-ARTnews May 10, 2019
“We are a long way from the city, from the bustle of getting and spending. More important: there are no strangers. A visitor might show up, but as soon as she arrives she is present and accounted for. We are in a world free of the anonymous encounters of city life, with no past or future.
Nothing much is happening. Often we are in the backyard, where people are unguarded but not really private. They are at home and at home with each other, and no one pretends to be someone else. Many return our gaze. They are young and old and in-between. If there is no kid in one picture, there will be in the next. The people often touch or hold one another. There are plenty of pets.
The sun is shining. Red things are red and blue things are blue. The grass looks like grass, the dirt looks like dirt, and there is lots of both. The people’s bodies have heft and volume, and their flesh is human.
Everything is complete in itself. Our view is never blocked. There is no hint of action outside the frame. We see what there is to see.”
– From the text by Peter Galassi, former chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.