• Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley
  • Devil's Promenade by Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley

Devil’s Promenade
Antone Dolezal + Lara Shipley

£35

AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW / ARRIVES JANUARY 2021

Dolezal and Shipley return to their home region of the Ozarks in the American Midwest, where locals persist in their search for a legendary floating orb of light that can only be seen from the Devil’s Promenade. It’s a lushly wooded road in an area where wanderers flock to seek possible redemption, or just to escape the boredom and darkness of ordinary rural life. Subtle but revealing portraits are mixed with archives and reinterpretations of mythical, folkloric tales. It’s a nuanced, mysterious and tender representation by photographers returning to the place where they grew up, but also reveals the current, stark realities of a remote place in America.

FIRST EDITION Trade Hardcover, 17 x 23 cm portrait, 152 pages
Section-sewn binding with cloth-covered spine; foil on printed paper cover + spine
104 photographs and illustrations; Afterword text by Lara Shipley
Forthcoming January 2021 | ISBN: 9781999446857

*PLEASE NOTE: Planned for January 2021 with possible shipping delays due to Covid-19.

Description

Longtime collaborators, Antone and Lara currently live at nearly opposite ends of the United States (Nevada and Michigan), but their point for making this work meets in the middle, at the physiographic intersection of four heartland states. Together they have documented Ozark people and landscape over a period of almost 10 years, drawn first by a desire to reconnect with their past, then compelled to relate something of the character and rituals of an area where locals can become skittish around strangers. Their photographic interests encompass culture, identity, folklore and mythology of place—but forming a clear picture of this isolated place is complicated.

“Ozarkers always have been somewhat dualistic, believing that two great forces—one good and one evil—battle for control in each person.” – Stanley Burgess

The roots of Ozark folklore were formed by 19th century pioneer settlers from Scotland, Ireland, Britain and Germany. From early on they had a penchant for sharing jokes and colorfully embellished stories within their community, passing down superstitions and lore to younger generations. The locals’ jubilant gatherings also involved square dancing to their self-proclaimed “hillbilly” country songs.

Meanwhile, religion is central to social life in the Ozarks, having strongly shaped the area over more than two centuries. Evangelical and Fundamentalist organizations have long held world headquarters there, and Mennonites and Amish have formed substantial settlements. The locals are generally proud of their rural values and individualistic, traditional approach to life.

With Devil’s Promenade, the photographers take us along their journey into the thick woods where anything might happen; you may either bathe in the light of salvation, or come face-to-face with the Devil on a bridge, in the inky dark.

Design by Tiffany Jones

The Author

Antone Dolezal is a visual artist and author whose body of work surveys the cultural and political dynamics of American folklore and mythology. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in notable public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Antone’s photographs have been published with Candor Arts, Conveyor Editions, Fuego Books, GEO, National Public Radio, Oxford American, Smithsonian Magazine, Dear Dave, and he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Daylight Photo Award Juror’s Pick, MoCP Snider Prize, OVAC Visual Arts Grant and Syracuse University Visual and Performing Arts Fellowship. Antone has lectured and taught workshops at academic and non-profit institutions throughout the United States and currently teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno. www.antonedolezal.com

Lara Shipley is an Assistant Professor of photography at Michigan State University. As a photographer and bookmaker, she primarily makes work about rural culture, identity, mythology, storytelling and photography’s relationship to evidence. She has had major exhibitions in galleries across the United States, as well as part of the recent biennial at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and GuatePhoto International Photography Festival in Guatemala. Her work is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Nelson Atkins Museum for Art in Kansas City. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in photography from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Photojournalism from the University of Missouri. www.larashipley.com

Reviews + Press

“Shipley and Dolezal move beyond the limits of traditional documentary photography, and create images that more readily suggest multiple layers of meaning. Moving between description and invention, they present a complex, perceptive, and compassionate picture of a place and its people isolated from mainstream culture.”April Watson, Photography curator at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

This will surely be a valued book in your collection, from two young and working photographers who promise to continue to produce worthwhile projects and collectible books.Melanie McWhorter, Grenade in a Jar Books

Selected pre-release features
Dirty Laundry
FotoRoom

Special Notes

*Curated selection Fiebre Photobook Festival 2020 – Gabriela Cendoya, Collector
*Curated selection Fiebre Photobook Festival 2020 – Gonzalo Golpe, Editor & Designer

Advance pre-order launch during Polycopies 2020, 11-15 November