Rage Against The Light - Hard Cover Book
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Rage Against The Light:


Hardcover cloth with inset picture with plastic screen printed dust jacket: 80 pages with 55 Duotone black images and water based varnish: 207mm (W) x 207mm (D) / 8 x 8 in. Printed Offset 500 copies only.

ISBN: 9780987305046

T&G Publishing is proud to announce the release of Rage Against The Light, a sumptuous publication featuring the photography of Markus Andersen and an introductory essay by Sandy Edwards.

With a title taken from Dylan Thomas’ famous poem (‘Do not go gentle into that good night …. Rage, rage against the dying of the light’), Andersen’s photos feature the city of Sydney as an abstracted backdrop for a fragile human presence dwarfed by overwhelming architectural development and consumerism. In these moody black-and-white images, essayist Sandy Edwards notes that ‘people scurry about being literally exposed by light. They are struck by shafts of it between buildings like insects coming out for food.’

Andersen’s subjects are often solitary and lost in thought. Others are frozen by the camera as they rush to their next destination, huddled against the relentless presence of an unforgiving built environment. Andersen admits to being drawn to the ‘darker side’ of Sydney but his images are also marked by flourishes of whimsy and irony. As Edwards writes ‘it is reassuring to feel the artist’s presence in the images.’

Markus Andersen’s art practice encompasses documentary, conceptual and street photography across all forms of analogue and digital formats. He has held solo and collaborative exhibitions in New York, Paris, Toronto, Istanbul, United Kingdom and Sydney. The essayist Sandy Edwards is Curator and co-director of the renowned Stills Gallery in Sydney. She also works as an exhibiting artist, writer and independent curator.

T&G Publishing is committed to producing high quality books featuring the work of Australian contemporary photographers. Previous subjects have included Lewis Morley, Martin Parr, Ingeborg Tyssen and Brad Rimmer. Many editions have completely sold out and the Max Pam book Atlas Monographs won the ‘Best Photography Book of the Year – International Category’ award at PhotoEspaña 2010.

PROFILE: Markus Andersen

Born in Sydney, Australia. He studied photography at the Sydney Institute of Technology and his art practice encompasses documentary, street and conceptual bodies of work using all forms of analogue and digital photography. His street images are taken rapidly yet reveal multiple levels of composition that Andersen has captured at an intuitive level. “I look for elements that will add a mood to the image: my creative decisions are made in an instant. I shoot fast, take the frame and move. I guess it’s like trying to capture lightning in a bottle.”

Urban alienation is a rich topic that has engaged many artists. In Rage Against the Light, Andersen’s placement of frozen anonymous figures within this environment is critical to the success of his images as is his openness to the unexpected compositional rupture – a sudden hand pointing from the side, an unexpected tattoo on a shoulder, a bird scurrying away from marching commuter feet. All is anchored by bright light and rich shadow. Andersen comments that “the camera must be an extension of my eye and soul, I cannot have any technical barriers between myself and the world in front of my lens. As a result all my cameras are very simple.”

Markus Andersen has held solo and collaborative exhibitions in New York, Paris, Toronto, Istanbul, Sydney and the United Kingdom; and his work is represented in numerous private and institutional collections. In 2015, Andersen was the subject of a documentary
entitled Into the Belly of the Beast by noted director Rob Norton.

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