Book of the Week is totally obsessed

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Fetish. Fixation. Obsession. Passion. Aren’t they all variations of focus? And isn’t overly focusing on something the basis for some very cool art? Well, at least it can be. For example, take a look at our Book of the Week, Obsessive variations in one key.

Dan Hayon’s photographs all feature the same mysterious man, looking old-timey and peering at you through his monocle. There he is in a washing machine. There he is on the subway. There he is on the ATM screen. For this artist, the old man appears to be everywhere, like an apparition showing up in random photographs. (Not literally of course; this isn’t Poltergeist. It’s art.)

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In the book’s introduction, Irina Hayon (Dan’s wife) explains that her husband has become obsessed with the old man. Dan took the man’s photograph in Romania, many, many years ago. Now he features him in photo after photo. Bound in a book, the compilation is surreal, fascinating, and maybe even a little creepy. Open the Book Preview and look carefully at all the images to see if you can find him.

Dan, we really enjoy your work. What a trippy and wonderful subject. So, who else has made a book about their obsessions? We’re not psychologists, but tell us anyway.

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  1. Hmmm….sorry, long time lurker, rare commenter…why do I have to log in to WordPress to see the Book Preview?

    By Jenny
      August 30, 2007 – 2:01 pm   Permalink
  2. Hi Jenny – thanks for bringing that to our attention. The book preview link is now ready for your viewing pleasure. (It goes to the book page where you can preview the book.) -Allison

      August 30, 2007 – 2:40 pm   Permalink

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