Andy Summers

9781477318904: Hardback
Release Date: 22nd April 2019

184 b&w photos

Dimensions: 269 x 241

Number of Pages: 160

University of Texas Press

Andy Summers

A Certain Strangeness

Hardback / £34.00

Andy Summers, former guitarist and composer of the legendary band The Police, has built a unique photographic body of work to parallel his musical oeuvre. According to Summers, these photographs constitute the mental and visual counterpart of his music, marked by a complex melodic search and harmonies of rather melancholic and even convulsive colors. Summers compares these autobiographical photographs to tearing the pages of an intimate diary and reconfiguring them into a new visual syntax. Summers borrows the title, A Certain Strangeness, from the poet Coleridge, saying that the phase succinctly captures a photograph's ability to open a viewer's eye wide. Andy Summers has had several photographic books devoted to him.

Designed by Gilles Mora, in close collaboration with the artist, this book presents the most creative visual work of photographer/musician Andy Summers, including many unpublished images. A long autobiographical text by Summers tells of his passion for photography. A text by Gilles Mora situates Summers’s photographic work in American modernist photography.

Gilles Mora has been the editor in chief of the magazine Les Cahiers de la Photographie, an editor with Éditions du Seuil in Paris, and the artistic director of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles. Currently he is the director of the city of Montpellier’s Pavillon Populaire. He was awarded the Nadar Prize for The Last Photographic Heroes: American Photographers of the Sixties and Seventies.