Independent Mysteries is the first monograph from documentary photographer Michael Magers. Magers exposes the persistent tension between connection and disconnection – a feeling of “intimate distance” he grappled with while traveling to places like Japan, Haiti, and Cuba for various assignments and personal projects. Drawing on nearly a decade of work, each image can be viewed as a film-still, with little context other than light brushes of human contact, fleeting intimacy, solitude and vulnerability. Every one of the grainy, black-and-white photographs in this book carries with it a secret to be discovered and explored.
Independent Mysteries features design by Bonnie Briant, editorial by Nadine Barth and Claire Cichy of Hatje Cantz, and contains original prose/poetry/artwork from a host of collaborators with whom Michael has worked over the past few years including:
Acclaimed Cuban Musician Daymé Arocena
Photographer Larry Fink
Celebrated Japanese Tattoo Artist Horiren 1st —Award-Winning authors Matt Goulding and Mitch Moxley
Musician, Poet and Visual Artist Matthew Shultz (lead singer of Cage the Elephant)
Michael Magers (*1976, Dallas, Texas) lives in New York and works as a photographer and journalist worldwide. His photos are published in prominent international magazines and newspapers. In cooperation with highly acclaimed team at Roads & Kingdoms, he served as lead-photographer on a prize-winning series of travel books published by Harper Collins/ Anthony Bourdain. His work documenting craftsmanship in Japan was a 2016 Critical Mass Finalist and in 2019, he was shortlisted for the Hariban Award.
Independant Mysteries, by Michael Magers
November 09, 2019 to January 09, 2020