Smoke Room 6 Nathanael Turner

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Smoke Room 6 Nathanael Turner

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Published by Smoke Room, 2016 28 pages, softcover 8 x 6.5 inches / 22 x 16.5 cm Numbered edition of 250 ISBN 978-1-988469-00-3

Edited by Halina Jakowenko Designed by Nathanael Turner and Roger Bywater

Compiled over the course of 12 years (2008-2015) while on various home visits, Los Angeles photographer Nathanael Turner has created an intimate photo portrait of his family, who live on a slightly dilapidated farm, outside of Ballston Spa, New York. Balancing truthful documentation together with aesthetic precision Turner presents a non-nonsense look into a unique cultural dynamic—it should be noted that unlike most rural households, Turner’s family includes a mix race of white and adopted African American siblings, all living under one roof. Personal experience has always been an important component in Turner’s photographs, and while the images reflect the physical and emotional qualities of the place, they also succeed in highlighting the various personalities as well. “On one level, the project is about forming a personal identity and part of that, especially for many adopted children, is learning to grapple with stereotypes and cultural expectations.” Nathanael Turner’s work has been published and exhibited internationally. He has shot extensively for various magazine such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Broadly, Clash, Fast Company, The Fader, Garage Magazine, King Kong, L’Official, Neon, Newsweek, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Spin, Zeit Magazine, and many others. Recent published artist books include: At Water, Los Angeles (2013), and Earth is Ripe (2015). He holds a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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