Barbara Bosworth's book, The Meadow, published by Radius Books, has been selected for the 2016 Paris Photo - Aperture Photo Book of the year shortlist.
The Meadow is a luxurious book object and multidisciplinary exploration - visual, literary, and scientific - of a single meadow in Carlisle, Massachusetts, by photographer Barbara Bosworth and writer Margot Anne Kelley, with support from botanists, entomologists, and historians. Senf praises Bosworth's keen vision of how the natural world implicitly reflects the engagement of humans, "Even in scenes we don't imagine having a human presence, it is present," Senf says. "Bosworth beautifully acknowledges there is no such thing as 'nature' without humankind. We're interwoven." The book's design mirrors this concept: from text pages on uncoated short-trimmed paper - tipped-in among the photographs, and sometimes even bisecting images - to the booklet of poetry tucked inside a pocket of the French-fold dust jacket, to the appendix of scientific recordings. Through these collected findings, Senf says, the reader experiences "an emotional and intellectual engagement with the place."
- The PhotoBook Review, 2016
The shortlist selection was made by Ann-Christin Bertrand, Curator, C/O Berlin; David Campany, independent curator and writer; Lesley A. Martin, Creative Director, Aperture Foundation and Publisher, The PhotoBook Review; Becky Senf, Chief Curator and Norton Family Curator of Photography, Center for Creative Photography at Woodstock; and Christoph Wiesner, Artistic Director, Paris Photo.
It will be included in a traveling exhibition, along with all other nominated publications at the following locations: