Photobook: Marcy Robinson // Half-Frame

Marcy Robinson is able to transform simple objects into incredible, awe-inspiring forces, in her book Half-Frame. A rare half-frame camera discovered in Robinson's closet during her teen years inspired the name of the book. The camera uses only half the area of a 35mm frame. Robinson uses this unique perspective to her advantage. She makes the ordinary extraordinary: a wooden telephone pole spears a cloudy blue sky, a ghostly rectangle of dirt crosses the sinking black lines of a gutted swimming pool, the face of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz peers out from a lone coffee mug standing before a window of dark iron bars; or tiny dead deer lies across the never-ending yellow lines of a highway. The contrast of such tender objects against dark or vast scenery is striking.

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