Keeper of the Hearth

Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph


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This lavish book marks the 40th anniversary of Barthes’ renowned work Camera Lucidain 2020. Artist Odette England invited 199 of the world’s best-known contemporary photographers, writers, critics, curators and art historians to contribute an image or text that reflects on Barthes’ unpublished snapshot of his mother, aged five. This snapshot is known as the winter garden photograph. Barthes discusses it at length in Camera Lucida, but never reproduces it. It is one of the most famous unseen photographs in the world.

Keeper of the Hearth features more than 200 images, supported by four essays. Essayists include Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art; Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, photographer, writer, and editor; Phillip Prodger, Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art; and Douglas Nickel, Andrea V. Rosenthal Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.

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Weight 1709 g
Dimensions 25 x 29.2 cm
Publisher name Schilt Publishing
Publication date 1 May 2020
Number of pages 344
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Odette England
Dimensions 25 x 29.2 cm
Weight 1709 g
Odette England is an Australia/British artist, writer,and curator. Her work has shown in more than 90 solo, two-person and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia,and Asia. Keeper of the Hearth is England's first edited volume. She lives and works in Rhode Island and New York.