by Anne Daems
interview with Dan Graham

80 pages, hardcover, 8.5 " x 7.5"
Edition of 1000
ISBN: 978-0-9746908-9-6
Out of Print

In the winter of 2005, Belgian photographer Anne Daems lived in New York City for six months on an art residency grant from ISCP. In this small book of street photography, Daems catches young New Yorkers unawares on the sidewalks of Soho, in the subway, under scaffolding, in traffic, and through shop windows. These delicate surveillance snapshots raise questions about voyeurism, youth, conventional beauty, and how we tend to classify strangers. Included in the book is an interview between Daems and artist Dan Graham.

[excerpt from the interview]

DG: But, are Americans fatter than people in Europe?
AD: Sometimes they are, and even fatter than in Canada. In Canada I didn’t see so many fat people.
DG: It must be a diet. I understand that you don’t drink Coca-Cola.
AD: I don’t.
DG: Well, your work is about people. You’re interested in people, aren’t you?
AD: Mmmmm.
GD: You’re not interested in technique, like Gursky.
AD: No, not at all.
DG: Basically in normal people. But how normal are people?
(both start laughing)
AD: Well, the nicest people are a bit abnormal.

Anne Daems was born in 1966 and lives in Brussels. Her photographs and drawings have been exhibited widely in museums throughout Europe and Japan. She is represented by Galerie Micheline Szwajcer in Antwerp.