Bluewater Shore is a semi-fictional visual narrative about a young woman’s holiday, an exciting unescorted trip to the shore with friends, which is set in the late 1940’s. It investigates a new sense of independence for women that occurred during and following World War II as well as American culture, family, and memory. The limited edition hand assembled artist book was developed from repurposed vernacular photographs from the artist’s family archive. The concept and book design was inspired by Kodak and Ansco promotional booklets that were available with dime/drug stores film processing in the 1950’s and into the 1960’s and found in the family archive.
Concept, development & design: Douglas Stockdale copyright 2017
Flip-book, stiff covers, prong binding, hand-inscribed cover, hand-inscribed poly slip cover, 32 pages, 16 black & white photographs, size: 7 ½” x 6” (190 mm x 155 mm)
Self-published artist book, limited edition of 99 + 5 A/P; price $47.00 USD (44 €, 37.5 £, 5,230 ¥,)
Printing: Fultone© digital lithography by Dual Graphics, (Brea, CA), hand-bound by the artist.
Additional photographs: www.douglasstockdale.com (Bluewater Shore – artist book)
Official book launch: Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA April 21- 23, 2017
Update: I am very honored that Bluewater Shore was selected by Elizabeth Avedon as one of her Best Photographic Books for 2017.