Conceived and edited by artist Slavica Perkovic, this book for Lewis Baltz presents letters she asked Baltz’s friends to write to him without seeing the images he had secretly made while teaching in Venice. (Baltz had told all he had stopped photographing; he had in fact continued to do so, walking the empty Lido beach to the Grand Hotel des Bains, then closed for renovation.) The first book of new material by Baltz since his passing in 2014, For Lewis Baltz. 8 + 38 texts.14 images is shaped by the continuing resonance of his oeuvre, his absence and the complex notion of self.
Lewis left me negatives that he’d never printed. He knew about this book and asked me to wait four years before bringing it to fruition. Slavica Perkovic