The Lonely Ones / Gus Powell
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Inspired by the late, great cartoonist William Steig and his classic book, The Lonely Ones (which pairs Steig’s line-drawn characters with simple one-liners of dialogue-to-self), American photographer Gus Powell (born 1974) made his own “lonely ones”—quiet but evocative color photographs of interiors and landscapes, inhabited by people, animals and inanimate characters.
Every photograph is paired with a suggestive text, functioning here as the opposite of a caption—each of the 40 color photographs in The Lonely Ones is hidden by a gatefold, on which is printed the single phrase. Every photograph is revealed individually behind its gatefold. “Which way to the symposium?,” paired with a photograph of a butterfly in midair.
This new multilingual edition—published by Italian publisher Lazy Dog—is enriched, in addition to English, by Italian and Japanese translations.
Designed by Gus Powell
Published by Lazy Dog Press, 2017
In English, Italian, and Japanese
Hardcover, 90 pages (40 gatefolds), 40 color photographs, 5.25 × 7.5 inches