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PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST:​ The Meadow

Barbara Bosworth et Margot Anne Kelley
The Meadow

Radius Books, Santa Fe, NM, 2015
Designed by David Chickey
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The Meadow is a luxurious book object and multidisciplinary exploration—visual, literary, and scientific—of a single meadow in Carlisle, Massachusetts, by photographer Barbara Bosworth and writer Margot Anne Kelley, with support from botanists, entomologists, and historians. Becky Senf praises Bosworth’s keen vision of how the natural world implicitly reflects the engagement of humans. “Even in scenes we don’t imagine having a human presence, it is present,” Senf says. “Bosworth beautifully acknowledges there is no such thing as ‘nature’ without humankind. We’re interwoven.” The book’s design mirrors this concept: from text pages on uncoated, short-trimmed paper—tipped-in among the photographs, and sometimes even bisecting images—to the booklet of poetry tucked inside a pocket of the French-fold dust jacket, to the appendix of scientific recordings. Through these collected findings, Senf says, the reader experiences “an emotional and intellectual engagement with the place.”

The Meadow
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