Ashkin Publishes Long Branch
This September, Michael Ashkin, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art, published Long Branch (A-Jump Books, 2014), the latest in his series of projects in various media investigating the urban landscape.
The book documents the eradication of a New Jersey working-class, beachfront neighborhood in what has been described as one of the worst cases of eminent domain abuse in the country.
Shot in vertical format, a series of photographs taken from 2002 and 2007 document the progress of the destruction. Accompanying the photographs, Ashkin includes a narrative consisting of quotes from newspaper articles, letters to the editor, activist blogs, and real estate websites that mirror linguistically the struggle visible in the photographs.
Long Branch will make its public debut at the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 and also at the London Art Book Fair, both held in late September. The book was partially funded by the Dean's Fund and the Cornell Council for the Arts.
A-Jump Books is an Ithaca-based publisher dedicated to producing photography-based books that "challenge convention through understatement and artistic rigor."