Thoughts on the Living Room Project

20.02.2011

Finally after so many years it feels good to show this work again. When I first exhibited the pictures the reaction was mixed and the first book didn’t sell very well.  I wish I’d kept some to sell now. But the work’s reputation was growing and I moved on to other things. I never wanted the book to be reprinted as I didn’t want to be bogged down with dealing with the project as I moved forward.

Anyway that was not to be the case anyway – when Richard Billingham arrived on the scene 5 years later the game was up for my pictures, since from that point onwards most people believed the Living Room work was his not mine.

At the time I didn’t mind much as I had moved on to pastures new. In fact in many ways it freed me up completely. That was until last year, when I was back in Britain from Israel and the children from the Living Room project asked me to photograph them with their kids. I found myself back at work on the project again. This in turn made me look at the original work and I realised that I had many great images which have never been seen before.

So now I am re-evaluating the whole body of work.  I have unseen work from the project in the show at Lombard Freid in New York, I’m making new pictures, and the icing on the cake for now is that I have tentatively agreed to make an expanded edition of Living Room for publication for Aperture’s 60 birthday next year.

My main focus remains my new work, my Israeli settlers project and the publication of the work I made with Alexander McQueen before his death, but it feels the right time to republish and reclaim the Living Room project as my own.

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