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Book Launch: Phosphorescent with Tyrone Williams
Institute of Contemporary Arts
February 2023

Tyrone Williams’ new photo book Phosphorescent is a hyper-focus on the abstract detail and moments of macropsychedelia of ordinary, acutely British suburbia. 

Exploring further concepts around bookmaking, printmaking and print processes, Williams’ new artist book pushes the form of the ‘photo book’ into vivid, non-confirmative spaces. Williams remarks, ‘This is about experimenting with pixels and pushing sight to its limits. Having been obsessed with details of our urban environment – and presenting them within a particular format for years – I am interested in how my process can be pushed further with digital manipulation and stripped of its natural presentation, whilst leaving remnants in another state. I’m usually making images to see closer, and to challenge perspectives. With this type of work I feel like I am extending that approach into areas which can’t be reached with just the camera alone.’ 

Northampton based photographer Tyrone Williams explores glitches in the world around us. From chipped paint to faded graffiti, each piece represents a pause and breath of contemplation, even when surrounded by the frantic nature of modern life. Using the photographic process to appreciate the small moments that make up these suburban landscapes, he considers concepts of beauty, and shows the beauty in life’s imperfections. 

Williams was the joint winner of this year’s BBC television series, The Great British Photography Challenge.

Published by Risograph studio and artist-run bookbinders TXTbooks, New York.
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