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Author Archive: "Elliott Kaufman"

Alphabet Everywhere

Alphabet Everywhere by Elliott KaufmanThis book has been in my mind ever since I started taking photographs in the '70s. It seemed to be the perfect visual exercise — seeing the everyday environment in a whole new, albeit detailed, way. Though it took me a while to finally approach this particular project, the experience has been tremendously gratifying, but even more importantly, a whimsical new adventure. The potential was there; it was just a matter of opening up to the discovery.

As a professional architectural photographer in New York since the publication of my book American Diner in 1980, I have trained my eye to be acutely aware how the built environment affects our daily lives. I have photographed everything from tall skyscrapers to small houses, each having a very different story to tell. It is with this kind of documentary attitude that I approached Alphabet Everywhere. Here, though, the twist was that I was looking for these elements that were not so obvious, so I could, in my own way, bring them to the foreground of people's awareness. So, instead of telling it like ...

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