INTO THE LIGHT by Sandy Kim

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INTO THE LIGHT by Sandy Kim

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21 x 28 cm, 48 pages, full colour offset printing throughout, gloss cover, matt inner, perfect bound, edition of 500, 2013

'In recent years we have seen an insight to Sandy´s everyday life through her camera. Sandy Kim is not the first photographer to turn the camera back on herself, its rare to have conversations about her work without hearing references to Nan Goldin and McGinley, among others. Yet her work is more carefree and loving than Goldin and less staged and more authentic than McGin- ley. In her 3rd publication "INTO THE LIGHT" Sandy takes us again to the microcosmos of her daily life. She instinctively turns her camera to document intimately familiar subjects - her friends, her love and her life. The Images in this book are surprisingly mysterious and surreal, like in a never ending dream. Taking advantage of any availab- le light, subjects are illuminated by neon signs, street lights and sunrise. On tour with the New York based Band DIIV she takes us backstage, to motelrooms and gas stations in the middle of the night. We see Karley Sciortino (aka Slutever) in a mirror next to an image of Olivier Zahm, (Editor in Chief of the world famous Purple-Magazine) pointing at a neon sign in the shape of a naked woman. Both images casually shot are like a playful comment on the high gloss pristine images of the fashion world. The images deflate the youthful fantasy that people never have to grow up and that summers are forever endless. Her photo- graphs allow viewers to be voyeurs in lives they may or may not ever lead themselves. Viewers watch her grow up, fall in love and, by proxy, get to re-live their own versions of these moments. Her pictures of her relationship with her boyfriend Colby, are intimate and genuine in a way few photographers accomplish, if for no other reason than they are a document of tender moments, pure and simple. 

Sandy Kim grew up in Portland, Oregon, and later moved to Northern California. A few years ago she caught the public eye when GIRLS, a San Francisco based band she befriended and photographed religiously, started to make it big. Suddenly her photos were published in The New York Times and Fader. Her unique style garnered high praise from both the public and fel- low photographers, such as Ryan McGinley.'

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