Touchless Automatic Wonder, Lewis Koch's web gallery created while Artist in Residence at the Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2001 of "found text" photographs has been published as a book. Touchless Automatic Wonder, Found Text Photographs from the Real World (Borderland Books, distributed by UW Press) , 112 pp, hardbound, 80 duotone illus. The reproductions are very fine and the design is in keeping with the work giving it room and cadence. At the risk or sounding like a Luddite; the opportunity to fully engage with the sequence, pairings, and individual images in a scale that makes them more accessible than the earlier web version is a great pleasure. The book allows me to turn and re-turn the pages to absord the unfolding of this work while allowing room for my imagination and memory to also make it my own narrative.
Kendra Green from MOCP wrote, "Lewis Koch plays at the borders of the incomprehensible and the inexplicable. A open-air staircase seems to lead only to the sky; the question mark on a cart aptly remarks on its own mysterious placement at the center of a frozen lake; the view from a curtained window reveals the backward lettering of “YES”; on the glass floating in an inky night. Indeed, Koch’s gelatin-silver photographs often make use of odd or unexpected fragments of signage and found text to intensify the unsettling sensation of being radically out of place. Not merely quirky or coincidental, these single words or full phrases confront the viewer with all the authority of labels and directives, at once creating and commenting on the scene’s tension."
It is fine thing to have a book inspire the emotion contained in the title. Curiosity, speculation, admiration, amazement. In a word, wonder.
The book is available here and here. You can contact Lewis Koch (lewiskoch(at)yahoo(dot)com) directly for a signed copy as well as inquire about a copy in a limited edition of 50 with choice of one of 5 images in editions of 10.
All black and white images copyright Lewis Koch and used with permission of the artist.