Sometimes the writing is literally on the wall

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This week’s Book of the Week (BOTW) features the photography of Andrew McAllister, who spent five years uncovering the graffiti writing of a man he came to know as The Unknown Writer. The Unknown Writer’s spray-painted thoughts were found in more than fifty locations around Akron, and Andrew was taken in by the subject’s point of view and the fact that he was clearly trying to articulate something about himself and the world he lived in.

Andrew’s body of work on The Unknown Writer can be seen on his website, and was covered by the Cleveland Scene in November of 2007. You can check out that article here.

I was taken in by the fact that Andrew spent years of his life tracking this individual, and we get to see the journey as a book. Congrats on BOTW Andrew, and if you ever solve the identity of The Unknown Writer, you have to let us know.

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One Comment

  1. Great concept! The images look wonderful too.

      June 20, 2008 – 1:31 pm   Permalink

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