Join READ Books for the Vancouver launch of Janice Guy, the first monograph on British-born photographer Janice Guy, gathering her radical experiments in photography from the late 1970s. Made while she was a student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, this selection of photographs sheds light on Guy’s work as an artist before she gained international renown as a gallerist of contemporary art.
The German photographer Thomas Struth, a fellow student in Germany at the time, has written a moving essay for this book about their formative years and ongoing friendship. The book also includes an introduction by American photographer Justine Kurland, which makes a compelling case for the reconsideration of these photographs today. The work presented in Janice Guy, much of which appears here for the first time, reverberates as never before amid the current proclivity for producing and circulating images of ourselves. Janice Guy is published by Hunters Point Press and edited by Barney Kulok and Justine Kurland.
For this event, Guy speaks with Vancouver curator Lee Plested about the rediscovery of this historic work and its resonance today, her recent exhibition at Higher Pictures, New York, and her current explorations printing from an archive of negatives.