About the Book
With CORNUCOPIA, photographer Roger Minick has created a feast of stunning landscapes, family portraits, and varied studies. In making the series, Minick used a camera called a Holga, a square-format “toy-like” camera with a plastic lens which, at the time these images were taken between 1998 and 2000, cost about fifteen dollars.
What’s particularly unique about the Holga is the way its plastic lens produces relative sharpness in the center of the image while vignetting the corners (losing both sharpness and acutance), a combination of effects which often gives the images a glowing timeless quality.
Working with black and white film shot with the Holga, Minick made analog prints to which he then applied oil paints. These prints were then stored in a box for thirteen years, when Minick finally photo-copied the images to digital files which he then tweaked slightly in Photoshop before finally making inkjet prints. The images herein are taken from those print files.
American Roger Minick has been photographing the American experience for nearly half a century. His photographs are included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, and The Smithsonian. Two previous mainstream photographic books, published by Scrimshaw Press, include DELTA WEST and HILLS OF HOME. The recent books AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICS, SIGHTSEER, CELL PEOPLE, SEEN from TRAIN, UNDOCUMENTED, THE ETERNAL STARE, PARTHENON MARBLES, CORNUCOPIA, EyeEurope, EyeRamblings, and FIFTY are published by Perambulation Press, a self-publishing venture founded by Roger Minick, specializing in fine quality limited edition books. Dylan Swift is Roger Minick's nom de plume.