Santa Barbara Return Jobs back to US

by Alejandro Cartagena


Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena

Text: Jonathan Blaustein

Publisher: Skinnerboox

112 pages

Year: 2016

ISBN: 978-88-941341-2-4

Price: 39

Comments: Hotfoil velvet softcover, limited first edition of 450, 23 x 34 cm

The surface of a city can lure us into its immediate beauty. It is through walking and getting lost that the surface seems to peel away and present new impressions. During a residency in Santa Barbara California, Alejandro took to the streets and to the World Wide Web to explore the idea of what this place could be. He was interested in how it had been previously constructed in the mind of the outsider; was it a college town? The home of Opera Winfrey and other Hollywood stars? The Soap Opera of the 90´s? The site of school shootings? Though on the exterior this small tourist town seemed the picture-perfect American-Mediterranean escape, just under the façade seemed to lay something uneasy. Santa Barbara is Cartagena’s explorations of a narrative of that can only be felt from the outside. It is a book about perceptions of a place. It suggests that nothing is immovable and no one is safe.

SHORTLISTED FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD ARLES Rencontres de la photographie FESTIVAL


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Santa Barbara Return Jobs back to US

by Alejandro Cartagena


Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena

Text: Jonathan Blaustein

Publisher: Skinnerboox

112 pages

Year: 2016

ISBN: 978-88-941341-2-4

Price: 39

Comments: Hotfoil velvet softcover, limited first edition of 450, 23 x 34 cm

The surface of a city can lure us into its immediate beauty. It is through walking and getting lost that the surface seems to peel away and present new impressions. During a residency in Santa Barbara California, Alejandro took to the streets and to the World Wide Web to explore the idea of what this place could be. He was interested in how it had been previously constructed in the mind of the outsider; was it a college town? The home of Opera Winfrey and other Hollywood stars? The Soap Opera of the 90´s? The site of school shootings? Though on the exterior this small tourist town seemed the picture-perfect American-Mediterranean escape, just under the façade seemed to lay something uneasy. Santa Barbara is Cartagena’s explorations of a narrative of that can only be felt from the outside. It is a book about perceptions of a place. It suggests that nothing is immovable and no one is safe.

SHORTLISTED FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD ARLES Rencontres de la photographie FESTIVAL


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Santa Barbara Return Jobs back to US

by Alejandro Cartagena


Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena

Text: Jonathan Blaustein

Publisher: Skinnerboox

112 pages

Year: 2016

ISBN: 978-88-941341-2-4

Price: 39

Comments: Hotfoil velvet softcover, limited first edition of 450, 23 x 34 cm

The surface of a city can lure us into its immediate beauty. It is through walking and getting lost that the surface seems to peel away and present new impressions. During a residency in Santa Barbara California, Alejandro took to the streets and to the World Wide Web to explore the idea of what this place could be. He was interested in how it had been previously constructed in the mind of the outsider; was it a college town? The home of Opera Winfrey and other Hollywood stars? The Soap Opera of the 90´s? The site of school shootings? Though on the exterior this small tourist town seemed the picture-perfect American-Mediterranean escape, just under the façade seemed to lay something uneasy. Santa Barbara is Cartagena’s explorations of a narrative of that can only be felt from the outside. It is a book about perceptions of a place. It suggests that nothing is immovable and no one is safe.

SHORTLISTED FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD ARLES Rencontres de la photographie FESTIVAL


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