Dust Book is one of those wonderful genre-defying, hybrid-style books that arrives on the scene unexpectedly. Part photobook, part travel journal, part hallucinatory fantasy and stream of consciousness, this book purports to be the record of a trip made by two French photographers through the Arizona desert wilds.

One of the authors shoots with a Leica. The other with a Polaroid. Both indulge in drugs, alcohol and other substances while they encounter a very strange cast of characters in remote communities and random encampments of outcasts and misfits, real or imagined.

Early in the book we have a long rambling rant against William Eggelston (“poor dumb fuck”), which later evolves into a sort of hero worship. There’s also a rather long segment of fiction in the middle touching on drugs, alcohol, guns, rape, incest, murder, and the effects of extreme desert heat on people who live in small remote trailer parks. It is bizarre and disjointed, but somehow it seems to fit in the flow.

The photos themselves are fun, and very real for anyone who has trekked through the Arizona desert — bleached out, hazy and quite naturally surreal.

Jim Casper

Dust Book

by Aline Diépois & Thomas Gizolme

Published by Steidl International

104 pages

19 cm x 24.5 cm

Clothbound hardcover with tipped-in image

ISBN: 978-3-86521-818-6
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