-> Sean Lotman
About the Book
The Sniper Paused So He Could Wipe His Brow is something like a journey. Fifteen years, twenty countries, ninety-five images, three parts. It’s a book inspired by travel, as many of the photographs were made in a very vivid period in my life when I was on the road. The book opens with a doorway and a man in a cave—the allegorical one made famous by Plato—and moves outwards through chaos, characters, and surreal landscapes to a place approximating peace. There is no text, except for around two dozen poems in the middle section, written in a haiku format, but closer to micro-storytelling (or a senryu poem) at its core. – Sean Lotman
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About the Artist
Sean Lotman, a photographer and writer from Los Angeles, moved to Kyoto in 2003 after living in Tokyo for some time. He draws his inspiration from narrative fiction and Technicolor films of the 1930s and 1950s in which the colours seem unreal. The very special, sometimes psychedelic atmosphere of his images is linked to the dodge and burn technique (which consists of lightening and darkening different areas of the image). The artist himself develops his images in the darkroom, experiments to the extreme to imprint his own subjective reality onto his photographs.
Photobooks: Sunlanders (Bemojake, 2016), Middle Life Notes (Neutral Colors, 2019), Amoeba (Neutral Colors, 2021), and The Sniper Paused So He Could Wipe His Brow (the(M) editions & IBASHO, 2021).
the(M) editions was founded in 2015 by Marie Sepchat. Specializing in the publishing of photography books, designed as singular objects, in limited editions. Each book offers a unique aesthetic and sensory experience, in harmony with the work of the artist. From September 2019, IBASHO is collaborating with the(M) éditions, building a catalogue of Japanese photobooks.