And light followed the flight of sound

And light followed the flight of sound

It isn’t common that a new book coexists at the intersection of graphic design, photography, and a major astronomical event. “And light followed the flight of sound” beautifully incorporates all three.

And light followed the flight of sound
And light followed the flight of sound

The focus of the book is the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse and features 85 images by 52 emergent and established photographic artists. Sample image above is by Matt Eich. Its unique format folds out to a 30-foot-long, hand-bound accordion with an enclosed saddle-stitched zine.

It is a limited edition of 150 copies printed on digital offset, covered in a foil-stamped cloth, and comes housed in a clear Mylar sleeve. As the book is removed from its sleeve, the foil stamps mimic the passage of the moon in front of the sun.

It is edited, designed and produced by Jared Ragland and Eliot Dudik and contains an essay by art historian Catherine Wilkins, Ph.D., University of South Florida.

Candela Gallery sent me the following information about the book.
Production of And light followed the flight of sound was made possible by a grant from the College of William & Mary Dean’s Fund; portions of the book were edited during a workshop with students from Duke University’s MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts program. 

The book’s title references E. M. Forster’s 1909 dystopian novella, The Machine Stops, in which the human species has become completely reliant upon technology to provide sustenance, deliver information, and mediate relationships. Today, life imitates art, and technology – which once promised to democratize knowledge and provide deep connection – has infiltrated the most intimate moments of our lives, increased individual isolation, provoked partisanship, and proliferated fake news. 

“In an age in which even acceptance of scientific knowledge has become incomplete, divisive, and politicized, the 2017 solar eclipse marked a sought after, albeit temporary, restoration of reason and scientific truth,” writes art historian Catherine Wilkins, Ph.d. “The photographs found in And light followed the flight of sound seek to restore viewers’ senses through an embrace of firsthand experience and critical visual reckoning of terrestrial – or celestial – facts.” 

The facts:
And light followed the flight of sound
Edited, designed and produced by Jared Ragland and Eliot Dudik
Essay by art historian Catherine Wilkins.
Candela Gallery in collaboration with One Day Projects.
To order a copy or further information, click here.

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