Liz Rideal (Lucas Schoormans, 2001)

Published on the occasion of Rideal's show at Lucas Schoormans Gallery in New York City, this volume collects Rideal's large-scale grids of color photobooth photos depicting plants, flowers, and drapery. It is quite a contrast from Rideal's work collected eleven years prior in Photobooth Collages, though the work shares the same interest, as Charles Darwent writes in one of two introductory essays, in "the beauty and precision of identical repetition" inherent in the photobooth.

All of the work included in the catalog was created between 1999 and 2001, and for the most part, it consists of large groups of photostrips laid together to form a grid that is at once uniform and unique. "Though at first sight it may seem as Rideal's surface repeats the same image hundreds of times, in fact each unit is a one-off," writes Norman Bryson. "...Rideal's grids belong to a real-time process. The interval between the four flashes cannot be changed. An image made from, for example, 406 strips of four (making a total of 1,624 individual pictures) would have taken about 34 hours to produce."

Contributed by Brian