Photography-Embedded Fiction & Poetry 2013
Here is my list of works of fiction and poetry published in 2013 containing embedded photographs. You can see all of my previous lists via the drop-down menu “Photo-Embedded Literature” at the top of this page. I’ve updated a number of the annual lists recently, usually thanks to readers who point me in the direction of books I’ve overlooked. If you know of a book from any year that I might not have mentioned, please let me know in a comment. [Updated with new titles February 5, 2014, March 5, 2014, May 12, 2014, May 18, 2014.]
S.D. Chrostowska. Permission. Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2013. Contains a number of mostly uncredited photographs.
Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott. Decomp. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2013. Collis and Scott placed copies of Charles Darwin’s On the Orin of Species in various locations around British Columbia and then retrieved them a year later. The remains were photographed as found poems and additional poems were written in response to the images.
Jeffrey Deaver. The October List. NY: Grand Central, 2013. Each of the 36 chapters opens with a photograph by the author. A mystery, but in this case the chapters move in reverse chronology.
Joshua Edwards. Imperial Nostalgias. Brooklyn: Ugly Ducking Presse, 2013. This volume of poetry contains a sequence of thirteen uncredited photographs (presumably by the author) called “Valley of Unrest.”
Kate Greenstreet. Young Tambling. Boise: Ahsahta Press, 2013. Poems with numerous photographs credited to the author.
Jeff Griffin. Lost and. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2013. “Found” poetry and photographs, with all of the contents having been found in the deserts of Nevada between 2010 and 2013. See my comments on this book here.
Nathan Hoks. The Narrow Circle. NY: Penguin, 2013. Contains thirty-two images, nearly all photographs, credited to a wide variety of sources. See my posts on this book here.
Susan Howe. Sorting Facts; or, Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker. NY: New Directions, 2013. Howe’s poem/essay deals with film and the death of her husband. Contains thirteen stills from films by Chris Marker, Dziga Vertov, and Andrei Tarkovsky. See my comments on this book here.
Jeff Jackson. Mira Corpora. n.p.: Two Dollar Books, 2013. The novel opens and closes with the top and bottom halves of a torn photograph of a boy, credited to Michael Salerno.
Rachel Kushner. The Flame Throwers. NY: Scribner’s, 2013. Contains numerous photographs that are credited to various sources.
Paul Kwiatkowski. And Every Day Was Overcast. NY: Black Balloon, 2013. A “photo-novel” with extensive photographs by the author. The top image shows the trade paperback edition, the lower image shows the hardcover edition. Sex, drugs, guns, and death metal music – growing up in southern Florida. Kwiatkowski’s photographs have echoes of Larry Clark’s Tulsa and and a bit of Alec Soth.
Bernadette Mayer. The Helens of Troy, NY. NY: New Directions, 2013. Contains twenty uncredited photographs (presumably by the poet) of women named Helen who live in Troy, New York. See my comments on this book here.
Minae Mizumura. A True Novel. NY: Other Press, 2013. A translation by Juliet Winters Carpenter from the Japanese Honkaku Shosetsu, originally published in 2002. Contains numerous photographs credited to Toyota Horiguchi. The photographs are not included in the original Japanese edition but were added for the English edition. I am not sure if they are included in editions translated into other languages.
Sharmistha Mohanty. Five Movements in Praise. Mumbai: Almost Island Books, 2013. Contains color photographs credited to several photographs, plus reproductions of Indian paintings and sculptures. See my comments on this book here.
Marisha Pessl. Night Film. NY: Random House, 2013. Contains a number of photographs, credited to various sources.
Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel. NY: Yen Press, 2013. This graphic novel extends the story found in Riggs’ 2011 novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, using photographs from the novel interwoven with graphic novel artwork by Cassandra Jean. Approximately 24 photographs appear on 14 of the 272 pages.
Eleni Sikelianos. The Loving Detail of the Living & he Dead. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2013. Poetry with two photographs: Man Ray’s portrait of Proust on his death bed and an image of a newspaper clipping.
Elisabeth Tonnard. In This Dark Wood. n.p.: J and L Books, 2013. Tonnard pairs photographs from the Joseph Selle Archive of San Francisco street portraits with ninety different translations of the opening lines of Dante’s Inferno. See my comments on this book here.
Tara Varney and Brian Colley writing as Tara Hargrove. The Hargrove Family History. Kansas City MO: KC Stage, 2013. A fictional family history published to accompany an exhibition of the same title held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, December 2012-March 2013. Contains fifteen photographs – some of museum objects, and some altered photographs and/or newly-created photographs representing the fictional family. See my comments on this book here.
Cat Winters. In the Shadow of Blackbirds. NY: Amulet, 2013. A young adult novel of World War I, the 1918 influenza epidemic, and spiritualism, with eight photographs and two reproductions of WWI-era posters. The photographs are all b&w historicimages credited to various public collections. Included are several superb images of “spirit photography.”
Michael Allen Zell and Louviere + Vanessa. The Oblivion Atlas. New Orleans: Lavender Ink, 2013. A collaborative work with stories by Zell and photographs and other artwork by Louviere + Vanessa.