Volume 5: Invented Landscapes — Meat
- Carlos Diaz: Invented Landscapes of Coney Island and Carnival Workers. The book measures 12×9″ with 87 pages, and features spot varnished images that recreate the look of the original photographic collages. The book contains 55 plates: 33 Invented Landscapes, 11 Carnival Workers, 9 postcards from early twentieth-century Coney Island, and 2 reproductions of original Coney Island tickets.
- The cover is spot varnished with silhouettes of engravings from the book on archival Plike paper (which has a great tactile quality).
Carlos Diaz’s early 1980s carnival workers and his Invented Landscapes are brought together for the first time in this beautiful volume.
Diaz’s Invented Landscapes work spans three decades, starting with images he captured in the early 1980s at Coney Island in New York City. Although in today’s world one might think these images were generated digitally, Diaz began creating the Invented Landscapes a decade before Adobe® Photoshop® software was on the scene. The original collages combine silver halide prints with vintage nineteenth-century industrial engravings that he painstakingly cut by hand from books and other printed materials. He then carefully integrated the drawings with the photos to create these fantastical images.
The inside pages of the book are coated with a matte finish, which allows the original black-and-white photographs of Coney Island to pop with a subtle glossy finish. This allows the nineteenth-century engravings to appear matte and the photos to appear glossy—just as the original collages would if you were looking at them in person.
The book includes essays from renowned photo critic, A. D. Coleman, and historian, Mary McNichols, PhD, as well as an artist statement by Diaz.