The Photographer’s Non-photography Syllabus: Christian Patterson
Today we very happily launch “The Photographer’s Non-photography Syllabus,” for which we asked a number of folks to share with us the five or so books that they would recommend to other
photographers. Fiction or non-, novels, plays, poems, whatever (even records or films) – the only rule
is NO PHOTOBOOKS.
Our first contributor is Christian Patterson, whose new book Bottom of the Lake will be published in a trade edition by König Books later this summer.
The story of my life in five books:
Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis
High school. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Fight the horde, sing and cry, Valhalla, I am coming!
Lolita by Vladamir Nobokov
College. She was young. It was fun while it lasted.
Low Life by Luc Sante
Life in New York. The dark and dirty city. The pointedly perfect language of a fellow digger and obsessive.
It Came from Memphis by Robert Gordon
Life in Memphis. The eclectic art and music underground of a great, wild city.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
Fatherhood. Ageless, timeless. Images and words, artful and interdependent, rhythmic and perfect.
Thanks, Christian. We’re glad to have your list to debut the Syllabus. Next up: Mark Steinmetz. Keep checking back for more!
Check out the latest thing we’ve been working on. Super-psyched to have Christian as our first contributor!