Brad Zellar, Lester B. Morrison, Alec Soth - House of Coates (signed)
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- Little Brown Mushroom, 2012
- First Edition, New
- Spiral Bound Flexi Cover
- Signed by Alec Soth
House of Coates. By Brad Zellar. Photographs by Lester B. Morrison. In House of Coates, writer Brad Zellar pieces together the story of legendary recluse Lester B. Morrison. Working from a handful of encounters and contradictory conversations, a sketchy paper trail and often confounding interviews with individuals who may or may not have been "associates" of Morrison (including Morrison's former collaborator Alec Soth), Zellar attempts to reconstruct one episode from Morrison's decidedly episodic life. In the winter of 2011, Zellar finally crossed paths with this evasive subject, and was - with Morrison's permission - granted access to the result of a MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test that Morrison submitted to in August of 2009, along with the administrating psychiatrist's copious notes. Finally, in late December of last year, Zellar received in the mail a duct-taped shoebox - marked "PERISHABLE" - containing almost two hundred photographs that Morrison termed "disposable documents of the approximate period in question." (Publisher's Description) Lester B. Morrison is in all likelihood a fabrication, publisher Alec Soth and Little Brown Mushroom inviting us to question the boundaries between fact and fiction within the photobook genre. A Judy Natal review for the Photo-Eye blog describes the images in the book as: 'snapshot-like, drugstore-esque disposable camera photos... They seem to linger in the reader's mind -- an overturned white truck on a field of snow, contents of drawers open for the viewer's inspection in a cheaply paneled dark room. The landscapes more often than not are of chilly snowscapes on pale, overcast days drawing ranch houses and truck plazas in bleak, weakly lit chilliness'.