Contact, Book



  • Booth-Clibborn, 2001
  • 129 pages
  • 21 x 28cm

Sam Taylor-Johnson worked closely with Bruce Mau Design on this project to give unprecedented insight into the usually private or suppressed source images behind her work.

Originally conceived for an exhibition in London, Contact‘s wall of over 2000 test prints, 360 degree panoramas and contact images was reassembled in Mau’s Toronto studio. Photographed in detail from every angle to replicate the experience of visiting an installation they have created a provocative spatial hybrid. The book combines close ups with a wider view, imitating the gaze of a visitor examining the wall.

Contact also gives a revealing exposure of the vulnerabilities of Taylor-Johnson’s subjects – including Kate Moss, Courtney Love and Damien Hirst – creating a lively archive of the creative icons of her time, like Warhol’s Polaroid portraits and screen tests. Including detailed plans of the 57 prints, 92 contact sheets and 52 post it notes of which the wall was composed, this publication provides a unique look into photographic practice.