Glen Luchford’s new book, Damaged Negatives, is a kind of joint venture between himself and an “Act of God”. What? Indeed: it is, no more no less, and we assume for the first time in the history of photography, co-authored by a photographer and a flood…
“I put the images in storage for two weeks,” Luchford explains in an interview for Another Magazine, “which turned into two months. The entire storage unit flooded and the owner didn’t tell anyone, so by the time I arrived, the images were just mostly gone or in a state of high deterioration. There were flies and mould everywhere. On a sub-conscious level, you have to ask why I would ever have put them in such a ridiculous place, considering one print just sold for £25,000, and I lost thousands and thousands of negatives.”
Damaged Negatives by Glen Luchford is a kind of joint venture between himself and a flood .
Luchford has worked for Vogue, The Face, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein… And yet he’s incapable of taking himself seriously as a photographer. “Fashion is totally industrialised, and I’m trying to entertain myself as part of the mechanism. Clearly, we’re just here to sell clothes. But sometimes we find the images transcend the medium, which can be very nice. I suppose, in some peculiar, twist-of-fate way, these images do that. They’ve dislocated themselves.”
Damaged negatives compiles some of the images damaged by the afore-mentioned natural agents, and still, when you look at them closely, their transformation looks almost intentional, guided by a sort of order within chaos rather than a mere consequence of fate. The result is a new and altogether different work with darker and more disturbing underlying poetics.
The book, available next month, is published by Dashwood Books, New York’s only independents bookshop devoted entirley to photography. Run by former Cultural Director of Magnum Photos, it publishes short print-runs of photographic books.