Ward Long is a photographer living in Oakland, California. He holds a degree in political science from Davidson College, and graduated from the Photography MFA program at the University of Hartford. He was awarded Flash Forward by the Magenta Foundation, and received a Beth Block grant from the Houston Center of Photography. He teaches photography and bookmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Working in his home state and the American South, Ward blends a documentary style with personal storytelling. In his handmade books he combines text and image into a coherent whole.
By The Way
Drugdealer – Suddenly feat. Weyes Blood. From the album The End Of Comedy (Weird World, 2016). Link
Alice, Hannah, Sarah, Bianca, and Kate lived in the hundred-year-old house on Montgomery Street, near the art school and the women’s college. They mixed teas and tinctures, dyed fabrics in the backyard, designed costumes for children’s plays, gave each other late-night tattoos, smithed jewelry, and stitched leather. They read tarot, talked aura, charted horoscopes, and parked their dirt bikes in the basement.
Ward Long used to live alone. When he lost his lease at the start of summer, his friend Ara said there might be an open room on Montgomery Street for a few months. At first, he wondered why they let him live there. His new housemates had an everyday physical, emotional, and spiritual closeness; it was infectious. He was infatuated with their friendships, in love with their strength and grace, enchanted with everything.
Though intimate and private, Summer Sublet welcomes us to a space filled with kindness, humanity, ease, and self-possession. The clutter makes room for us too.
Book Specs: 80 Pages; Hardcover; Full Color Offset; 8.5” x 11”; Edition of 500 + 20 Special Editions; ISBN: 978-0-9998298-7-5. You find it here.