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It Isn't Black-and-White


It Isn’t Black-and-White is the latest collaboration between artist Lauren Henkin and poet Kimiko Hahn.

The portfolio of 11 photographs was made in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah in 2007. In 2015, Henkin asked Hahn to respond to the black and white images, in a loose and conversational tone. The resulting text is expertly printed by Peter Kruty of Peter Kruty editions on semi-translucent Japanese abaca paper which acts as both an enclosure for the photographs and a layer from which the photographs and language communicate. 

The project is Henkin and Hahn’s third collaborative work—following Poetics and 3/3.

Artist Lauren Henkin graduated with a BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and has, for the last two decades, focused on how we occupy and relate to space, the built and constructed form and our surrounding landscape. Her work resides in over twenty institutional collections including Cleveland Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, High Museum of Art, Yale University and more.

Poet Kimiko Hahn was born in Mount Kisco, New York, and grew up in Pleasantville, New York, and Tokyo, Japan. She earned a BA from the University of Iowa and earned an MA in Japanese literature from Columbia University. Hahn is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Artist's Daughter (2002), The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006), Toxic Flora (2010), and Brain Fever (2014). Hahn is the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the American Book Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has also been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hahn teaches in the MFA program at Queens College.

The photographs in the portfolio were printed by Henkin on a heavy archival rag paper. Peter Kruty also letterpress printed the title and colophon sheets on handmade paper by David Carruthers of Saint-Armand paper. The enclosing structure was covered in Canapetta Italian cloth over boards. The set includes 11 photographs, title sheet and signed and numbered colophon. 

The collection was offered in an edition of 5 and is now sold out.



Published in 2017
11 photographs with Japanese abaca enclosures
Handmade clamshell box covered in Canapetta Italian cloth
Handmade title and colophon sheets
Letterpress printed text
Box size 14” x 19”
Photographs 10” x 10”
Limited to 5