Moyra Davey’s practice encompasses photography, film, and video, as well as reading and writing. The monograph Speaker Receiver brings the diverse aspects of Davey’s work together.
“Davey’s Paris—with its shadowy rooms, café crèmes, thick coats of painton exterior doors, shredded maps, and leafy cemeteries—is a place I’d still want to visit. As in hundreds of earlier images, though I’m thinking especially of Simcha Buttons (1996) and Nyro (2003), Davey’s shots of urban, everyday objects in France acquire some of their glamour through her use of deep viscous saturations of color.” Chris Kraus, “Description Over Plot” from Speaker Receiver
“MD: All these things—buttons, pennies, dust, with their scatological associations that lead us to the body—are clearly memento mori. It’s a known paradox that the camera loves to enact its transformation on the abject—like Irving Penn’s cigarette butts—but I don’t think that’s why I gravitate to these subjects. I’m interested in what close looking reveals about the world. I’ve been doing this macro-looking for a long time: at toes and women’s faces on 19th-century tintypes in the 1980s; at money in the 1990s; at names and titles on record spines, the dregs in coffee cups, and Métro tickets with handwritten notes to the dead more recently. My approach to the photograph is essentially Barthesian, in that it’s about mortality.” Moyra Davey & Adam Szymczyk, Interview, from Speaker Receiver
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