Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought
Photographs and Lyrical Essays by Courtney Fitzpatrick
a 2012 Horse & Buggy Press Book
Courtney spent 17 months in the remote Amboseli basin of Kenya during 2009 and 2010. As Amboseli descended into, suffered from, and eventually emerged from the worst drought in living memory, her evocative writing and photographs became a personal record of a fragile ecosystem.
I collaborated with Courtney for over a year, shaping this content into a fine press book — as well as limited edition broadsides created through an integration of giclee printing (color photograph) and letterpress printing (three colors of text content).
Maji Moto is a body of work that bears witness to the transformation of both a physical and psychological landscape. The stirring narrative, carried forth equally by words and images, is presented first and foremost through the engaging intimacy of a hand-bound book, a tactile artifact with enduring emotional resonance.
The large-format, 88 page limited edition book is a unique balance of images (over 40 in full color) and lyrical essays (10) that manages to be both a "document" of a rather unique place and time in a remote part of the world as well as a highly personal and poetic account. The large-format book also includes an introduction by Courtney along with forewords by noted field biologists Harry Greene and Donna Haraway.
Full details, including excerpts of writing and a few images and spreads from the book, can be found at the H&B blog.
The recently expanded foyer gallery is open to the public every Friday from 11am-2pm and Saturday mornings from 9am-Noon, and by appt at dave at horseandbuggypress.com
Tamara Faison will be here with work for show and sale in her workspace.