paper, bookcloth, board
Artist’s statement about this work:
There are twenty-four pictures in this accordion style book. All images were made April 24, 1971 on black & white film. Editing, printing (digital), assembly and text is done by myself. The book is printed on MOAB Entrada paper. Archival processes are used throughout. My title is Upside Down and is a reference to the upside down flags that were seen on the Mall all week. My entire day (April 24th) was spent making photographs. It was an important event in the anti war movement. Throughout the day there were numerous spontaneous conversations, marches and events. You could feel the excitement in the air. For me, with added color, the images express the excitement I felt 44 years ago. This year (2015) is the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Vietnam Veterans Against the War was first organized in 1967 and is still active. The text of John Kerry’s address to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is available online at the University of Virginia. It can be seen on YouTube. As I was photographing that day I had no particular agenda. I was looking only for interesting images. I had just graduated from RIT’s School of Photographic Arts & Sciences and was beginning my commercial career in New York City.
About the artist:
John Retallack is a photographer working and living in Rochester, NY doing both commercial and fine art work. His specialties include portraiture and still life. He has recently entered the book arts field, this book is his third. His commercial work has been seen nationally, his photographs have been exhibited nationally and locally.