Item description for Collier Schorr: There I Was by Collier Schorr...
At the age of four, Collier Schorr accompanied her father, an automotive photographer and journalist, to a local racetrack where she watched the charismatic and youthful drag car racer Charlie "Astoria Chas" Snyder at work on his dream racecar, a 67 "Ko-Motion" Corvette. An article followed, with the now-eerie headline, "While Astoria Chas is doing his thing in Vietnam his friends are racing his L-88." For by the time the article was published, Charlie Snyder had gone to Vietnam, and after only one month of duty, died there on August 27, 1968, shortly after his twenty-first birthday. Astoria Chas never got the chance to drive his car as he had intended, and so his friends drag raced it, setting the AHRA record for its class. There I Was marks both a shift in medium and a conceptual departure for Collier Schorr. Beginning with her father's images of Snyder at work and Snyder's own snapshots from Vietnam, Schorr then draws on professional reportage pictures to literally sketch out Snyder's monumental journey from Queens to Vietnam and back. These drawings are contrasted with reproductions of vintage car magazine articles and Schorr's own photographs and portraits. Based entirely on photography, this volume engages with the medium and simultaneously challenges the role of the photograph as document of the past. There I Was is a multi-faceted look at escape, culture, dreams and mortality, conjuring an expressionistic portrait of the dichotomies of the late 1960s in a fractured wartime America.
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Release Date Apr 1, 2008
ISBN 3865216161 ISBN13 9783865216168
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More About Collier Schorr
Collier Schorr, born in New York in 1963, has exhibited her work internationally at prestigious venues that include the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and the 2003 International Center for Photography Triennial. Schorr currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.