• Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition
  • Amani Willett Parallel Road Artist Box Edition

A Parallel Road Artist Edition Box
Amani Willett

£85£125

Box Edition of 100 (incl. 30 with added print)

Each Artist Edition Box includes:
+ Handcrafted printed paper box, numbered in an edition of 100
+ A Parallel Road signed hardcover book, 120 pages, 12.5×17cm with 92 images
+ Eight-sided leporello print
+ Map-style folded collage
+ Choice to add a limited edition, signed giclée print, ‘Country Road’ (edition of 30)

Please note: Editions are over 70% sold

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Description

A Parallel Road is a multi-layered work exploring the Black experience of driving in America. By picturing how it has too often been marked by fear, violence and death, the book challenges representations of the American ideal of the road trip that have long dominated our view through artistic and literary media. Referencing the historical Negro Motorist Green Book, and layering archival and new images, it examines the question of how long the road will continue to be a site of violence and oppression for Black people in American society. For further details about this project, see descriptions on the trade edition book page: A Parallel Road

Each handcrafted Artist Box includes the following pieces:

+ The handmade printed paper box (18.5 x 13.6 x 2.5 cm), numbered in an edition of 100
Amani Willett - A Parallel Road Artist Edition Box

 

+ A signed, hardcover edition of A Parallel Road: 120 pages, 17 x 12.5 cm with 92 photographs, archival images and digital screenshots; Section-sewn binding with printed paper covers and red cloth-covered spine (foiled in black).
Amani Willett - A Parallel Road Artist Edition Box

 

+ An eight-sided leporello piece, printed with HP Indigo and presented enclosed in a glassine-lined, black GF Smith Colorplan paper wallet
Amani Willett - A Parallel Road Artist Edition Box

 

+ A map-style folded collage piece, printed with HP Indigo and presented enclosed in a green GF Smith Colorplan paper wallet
Amani Willett - A Parallel Road Artist Edition Box

 

+ CHOICE TO ADD a limited edition giclée print of ‘Country Road‘ (edition of 30) – an image that does not appear in the book – selected and signed by Amani Willett. Paper size is 5×7″, printed on 290gsm Hahnemühle Bamboo art paper and presented enclosed in a glassine-lined, red GF Smith Colorplan paper wallet
Amani Willett - A Parallel Road Artist Edition Box

 

Amani Willett - A Parallel Road Artist Edition Box

 

For further details about this project, see descriptions on the trade edition book page: A Parallel Road

The Author

Based in Boston, Amani Willett‘s photography is driven by conceptual ideas surrounding family, history, memory, and the social environment. His most recent book The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer, published by Overlapse, is widely treasured and acclaimed as a ‘best photobook’ released in 2017. His first monograph, Disquiet, (Damiani, 2013) – a meditation on starting a family in a time of social unrest and uncertainty in America – was selected as one of the best books of the year by PDN, Photo Eye (Todd Hido) and Conscientious (Joerg Colberg). Amani’s photographs are also featured in the books Bystander: A History of Street Photography (2017 edition, Laurence King Publishing), Street Photography Now (Thames and Hudson), New York: In Color (Abrams), and have been published widely in media including American Photography, Newsweek, Harper’s, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books. His work is held in collections such as The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Oxford University, and Harvard University. Amani completed an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 2012.

www.amaniwillett.com

Reviews + Press

Reviews for the first edition book:

“Willett weaves a spellbinding tapestry that is alternately tender, inspiring, and horrifying.”Sara Rosen, Huck magazine

“A poignant dance between the celebratory and uplifting and the sinister.”Dolly Meieran, 10×10 Photobooks

“Small, intense and very touching, mixing archival and personal images, a story that had to be told.”Gabriela Cendoya, Collector

“A harrowing yet urgent title in a year in which the dangers posed to black people when out-and-about have been undeniable.” – Alex Merola, 1000 Words Magazine

“So important, timely and relevant.”Anne McNeill, Director & Curator Impressions Gallery, Bradford

“The book brings readers on a voyage that begins as personal and progresses into a larger political, social and media-related journey.”Kristen Gresh, Senior Curator of Photographs at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“Equal parts enlightening and enraging, Willett intrigues with portraits by turns delightful, reflective and devastating of a people who were forced into traveling a parallel road simply to partake in the pleasures afforded their white counterparts.”Elin Spring & Suzanne Révy, What Will You Remember

“What a brilliant, brilliant publication, It’s so well thought through, and the whole production is perfectly realised.”
David Campany, curator, writer, and Managing Director of Programs at the International Center of Photography, New York

“Willett’s photographs of drivers seem to exhibit a short film’s worth of emotion in the static frame.”Matt Johnston, Photomonitor

See more:
Collector Daily review
Photo-eye Bookstore review by Blake Andrews
Photomonitor review
Open Studio with Jared Bowen, GBH TV interview (starts at 6:00 minutes)
The Heavy Collective
Review in Babelia, el País (Spanish)
British Journal of Photography
What Will You Remember?
BuzzFeed feature and Interview on the topic of ‘Sundown towns’
Humble Arts Foundation Interview with Jon Feinstein, “The American History of Driving While Black”
Boston Globe feature, “Picturing the all-American road trip (and its many hazards) for Black drivers”
Leica Blog
Huck magazine review by Sara Rosen
Real Photoshow Podcast Interview with Michael Chovan-Dalton
WBUR Radio Interview
James Cockroft review
Lenscratch feature by Aline Smithson
PopMatters
Creative Boom feature, “Parallel Road demonstrates the inherent cracks in the American Dream”
Il Post (Italian)
The Eye of Photography
Polka Magazine #52, Spring 2021

Special Notes

*TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS of 2021 selected by David Campany for ICP (International Center for Photography), NY
*TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS OF 2021, Yogurt Magazine & the Paper Room (IT)
*BUZZFEED Photobooks That Brought Us Meaning And Joy In 2021
*30 photography books for 30 euros (or less) to give away this ChristmasSelected by Leire Etxazarra

*Curated selection Fiebre Photobook Festival 2021 – Eneka Fernandez, Curator
*Book of the Week at Photo-eye Bookstore
*Aperture Portfolio Prize Finalist 2021
*PetaPixel Great Reads in Photography – February 2021
*Buzzfeed 10 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World
*Book of the Month, February 2021 – Leica Fotografie International
*1000 Words Magazine Top 10 Photobooks of 2020, Selected by Alex Merola and Tim Clark
*Lensculture Favourite Photobooks of 2020 – Selected by Kristen Gresh, Senior Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
*Favourite Photobooks of 2020 – Gabriela Cendoya, Collector
*Favourite Photobooks of 2020 – Ola Søndenå, Department of Special Collections, University of Bergen Library
*Photo-eye Favorite Photobooks of 2020 – Honourable mention by Jon Feinstein, curator
*Best Photography Books of 2020 – Elizabeth Avedon, Curator + Designer
*Favorite Photobooks of 2020 – Elin Spring & Susanne Révy, What Will You Remember
*5 Photobooks of 2020 by Olmo Gonzalez, Co-director of Fiebre Photobook Festival
*SVA Gift Guide Recommended Books, New SVA Books to Gift this Holiday Season
*Polycopies 2020 Recommended Books
*Curated selection Fiebre Photobook Festival 2020 – Gabriela Cendoya, Collector
*Curated selection Fiebre Photobook Festival 2020 – Tim Clark, Editor in Chief at 1000 Words, writer, curator and lecturer
*Curated selection Fiebre Photobook Festival 2020 – Olga Yatskevich, 10×10 Photobooks Cofounder
*Curated selection Fiebre Photobook Festival 2020 – Gonzalo Golpe, Editor & Designer

*Bestseller Photoeye Bookstore, January, March and May 2021
*Bestseller, Fiebre Fest 2020 Bookmarket

Events 2021
21 April 2021 at 7pm GMT on Zoom – Miniclick Photo Talk – Register here
6 January 2021 at 5.30pm PST on Zoom – “An Evening With” Series: Featured Presentations from Notable Photographers
Amani Willett in conversation with Aline Smithson of Lenscratch

Events 2020
4 December 2020 – Book launch INSTAsalon with 10×10 Photobooks, Amani Willett live on Instagram, 6pm GMT / 1pm EST
17 October 2020 – Amani Willett in conversation with Tiffany Jones, Bitesize Bookfair by Impressions Gallery (Instagram Live)

A Parallel Road (First Edition Softcover) is held in the following collections:
The British Library (UK)
Bodleian Libraries University of Oxford (UK)
Cambridge University Library (UK)
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ingalls Library (OH, USA)
École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (Arles, FR)
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Eugene L Freel Library (USA)
MCLA Freel Library (MA, USA)
Museum of Modern Art – MOMA (NY, USA)
National Library of Scotland (UK)
National Library of Wales (UK)
Oak Park Public Library (IL, USA)
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA, USA)
Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University (MO, USA)
Rhode Island School of Design Library (USA)
San Telmo Museum – The Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection (ES)
The Saxon State Library – State and University Library, Dresden (DE)
Library of Trinity College Dublin (IE)
SUNY Sojourner Truth Library