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John Gossage
Exactly The Way It Was
Seattle, Washington, 1979
Photopaper 14|15

Pictures taken 38 years ago, views, places, minor events, museum docents, and what can only be called flower arrangements. Pictures which at this late date I don’t really remember taking. I remember being in Seattle at the invitation of the Seattle arts commission. I remember the apartment they got for me for the few weeks I was there. I remember the attractive local woman photographer at a bar telling me that there were three important things I had to know about her work, but then she could only remember two of them. But at the same time nothing is unfamiliar in these photographs. This is how I see, this is what I find valuable in the ordinary shuffle of the world. These are my pictures.This must have been exactly the way it was.

John Gossage, 2017

John Gossage was born in New York in 1946 and lives and works in Washington D.C. He studied with Lisette Model and Alexey Brodovitch in 1960-1961. His work is now represented in major public and private collections worldwide. Most of all, he is regarded as one of the finest American photobook-makers in view of his artist’s books and photographic publications. His first monograph, The Pond (1985), remains one of the most important photobooks. In 2002, John Gossage started his own publishing company, loosestrife editions, to create “books that challenge, provoke and inspire”.

PHOTOPAPER nominated John Gossage for this special master-edition of PHOTOPAPER. It has 32 pages. Images above showing selected pages.

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