The Drawer

Vince Aletti

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Winner of the Paris Photo PhotoBook of the Year Award, 2023

American critic and curator Vince Aletti has been collecting photographs printed on the pages of magazines and books since the 1970s. For the very first time the hundreds of tearsheets, newspaper clippings, gallery announcements, and other ephemera stacked in a drawer of an antique flat file in his East Village apartment have been documented in the new book The Drawer. The seventy-five multi-layered compositions created by Aletti are a celebration of the beauty of photography and the printed page, as well as testimony of the author's unique ability to voice the complexity and variety of desire, personal and collective histories, and the power of art to reflect and shape who we are.

Perfect bound softcover with dust jacket
28 x 37.7cm, 144 pages

ISBN 978-1-916041-27-1
September 2022
€53 £45 $60

‘Each full page spread … opens up an imaginative space to move through at one’s own pace, inviting viewers to draw their own instinctive conclusions about possible points of connection, tension, and conversation between images and subjects.’ AnOther Magazine

The Drawer reads like an astounding catalogue of male beauty. One in which presentations of masculinity are experienced through a homosocial gaze.’ Dazed

‘Like buried treasure, the images from Aletti’s collection are priceless gems that spark memories of a beautiful, sexy, glamorous past when printed matter ruled the planet.’ Blind Magazine

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