John Gossage copyright 2010 courtesy Steidl
Photographer: John Gossage (born New York City, resides Washington DC)
Publisher: Steidl Verlag (Germany)
Essays: John Gossage, Gerhard Steidl
Two companion volumes, hardcover book with reversible dust cover (The Thirty Two Inch Ruler on one side, Map of Babylon on the opposing), sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Germany
Photobook designer: Steidl works
Notes: The two volumes were conceived during the presidency of George W. Bush and Gossage’s primary subject is a Washington DC suburb where he lives, but this same area is a guarded community of foreign embassies and political residencies. Gossage’s metaphoric images provide a subtle and complex dark humor.