Michael Stipe, Alexandru Constantin Schmidt (as Robert's Patti). Courtesy the artist.
Volume 1 centres upon artist and musician Michael Stipe’s personal understanding of queerness, and conjoins figures in his own life with those in American history and popular culture. The book brings together nearly 40 years of Stipe’s practice of creating and collecting photographic materials, in addition to posing as a subject in the photographs of others.
Published by Damiani, Volume 1 is the first in a forthcoming series presenting different aspects of Stipe’s artistic practice, and is produced in collaboration with artist Jonathan Berger and designer Julian Bittiner.
Michael Stipe studied photography and painting at University of Georgia before leaving school to form the band R.E.M., serving as frontman and singer-songwriter until the band dissolved in 2011. The sensibility he began developing during his time as an art student transferred to his work for R.E.M. – from art directing their graphics, videos and stage design, to writing, composing and performance.
Miranda Sawyer is a journalist and broadcaster. Besides her features and radio criticism for the Observer, her writing has appeared in GQ, Vogue and the Guardian. She is a regular arts critic in print, on television and on radio. Her recent book, Out of Time, was published by Fourth Estate/HarperCollins. She is currently writing her third book, entitled Long Term about long term relationships, to be published in 2018. She broadcasts on Radio 4 and for The Culture Show (BBC TV). She is on the board of Tate Members, the South London Gallery and Sound Women.