PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST: Looking for Alice
Looking For Alice
Trolley Books, London, 2015
Designed by Emma Scott-Child
Looking for Alice is a gentle, authentic, and sometimes heartbreaking portrayal of parenting. Photographer Siân Davey’s daughter, Alice, has Down syndrome, and as Senf comments, this book “is the kind of personal exploration and very intimate engagement that photography can achieve, but which is rarely done as delicately, gently, and thoughtfully as Davey has in this book.” The book’s tender moments will resonate with any parent, as will the anxiety and uncertainty that Davey speaks to in her introductory text. In addition to its taut, thoughtful edit, the production and design support the sensitivity of the photographs. The book opens and ends with full-bleed images of abstracted color fields that seem to “cushion the work, keeping it safe and protecting it from the rest of the world,” observes Senf. This book is a symbol of love outweighing fear.