So then, here's Brad Feuerhelm's new book, Let us Now Praise Infamous Men.
The book is a bunch of screenshots of multi-national arms dealers. What are they like?
Nasty is what Feuerhelm thinks. So nasty he gives them a taste of their own medicine. He shoots them in the head.
Not really in the head, but their pictures in the book - he shoots the whole edition of 200 in the head with a glock .45. It's "possibly the first book" to be shot in such a manner it says in the blurb.
Yep, I'll give you that.
So there's another new gimmick. It's the shot book, the book of people who sell things that shoot people getting shot in the head.
A lot of people are down on gimmicks but I'm not. Not when it fits so well with the concept and the content of the book. There's a glorious symmetry to it that is both fun and a bit disturbing. It's like photobook slapstick, cartoon violence (and Mickey, Snow White and half of Disney get it too). Cartoons aside, who these people are, I have no idea (there are no captions identifying them and maybe that's half the point) so I'll take it all at face value.
I'm placing Let us Now Praise Infamous Men with Chris Anderson's Stump. The one should be merged with the other.
Preorder and read more about the book here.
And see the spreads on Josef Chadlek's blog here.