Martin Hyers & Will Mebane

Flexi, 11 X 9 In. / 136 Pages / Illustrated throughout 
ISBN 9780988983182 
List Price: $39.95 

Between 2004 and 2007, American photographers Martin Hyers and Will Mebane made a series of road trips through the American South, West and East to create a photographic archive of objects. The project, titled Empire, yielded more than 9,000 photographs captured in 25 states. Using two hand-held 4x5 view cameras, Hyers and Mebane ventured out into public places, met strangers and accompanied them back to their homes, offices and factories to photograph. Working in a deliberately forensic fashion, they photographed the objects they encountered -- stoves, family photographs, computers, trophies and the like. Many of the objects included in their project are discomfiting because of their impending obsolescence: an overhead projector rests on a table; a typewriter sits on a desk; a set of encyclopedias waits, well-organized, on a yellow bookshelf.

Text by Karen Irvine