ALEX & ME by James Pfaff

Photo, Words and Painting by James Pfaff
Curated by Francesca Seravalle
Book published by Danilo Montanari Editore in April 2018 edition of 300 copies

"Ever been changed by someone?
In the summer of 1998 I met Alex.
Soon afterwards we travelled together through North America. For me it was a seminal journey. I did not see it right away but both my world and my photographic vision had been changed.  Almost 2 decades later I decide to revisit our journey and produce a photo book from the surviving photographs and my fading memories. A book about transformation and a gift for Alex
James Pfaff

It’s a tribute to an important broken love, an authentic on the road trip in the US made 17 years ago, never imagined as a book. The book making process would act as an unexpected catalyst for artistic change, giving to James Pfaff the possibility to rebuild and to reapproprate his archive, fractured memories and ephemera using paint, text and original archival items. The book is a scanned reproduction of the original handmade journal, keeping the authentic beauty of the unaltered original components - scratched negatives, dusty original prints - like the wabi sabi aesthetic of the beauty of a broken cup of tea: reflecting the realities of the transience and the imperfections of life. Every book has a hand painted cover.
Francesca Seravalle.