Tim Davis: I’m Looking Through You


Publisher: Aperture

ISBN: 9781597114981

Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.2 x 1 inches

Pages: 256

A monograph of photographs and texts by Tim Davis.  The hardback volume includes 160 color plates and three essays. The first edition of 2,500 copies was published June, 2021. The photographs were made in and around Los Angeles, California between 2017 - 2019. The Aperture Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation located in New York, NY.  This monograph was edited by Lesley A. Martin and designed by Andrew Sloat.


About this book: I’m Looking Through You is an expansive visual poem celebrating the glamorous surface of Los Angeles and its reach. Animating Tim Davis's wry observations and the mesmerizing, color-pop geometry of his images is the photographer and writer’s decades long, gimlet-eyed meditation on making pictures.


As Davis states, “The camera is a machine that sees only surfaces. The world casts its spell, and the camera gobbles up its glamour, uncritically, with pure certainty, assuming there is nothing underneath.” Davis’s keenly observational images, interspersed with a selection of his writings on the medium—the joys and pitfalls of camera seeing—solidify I’m Looking Through You as an unabashed celebration of photography.


About Tim Davis: 
Born in Blantyre, Malawi, 1969, Tim Davis lives and works in Tivoli, New York. He received a BA from Bard College, where he teaches, and an MFA from Yale University. He has presented solo exhibitions at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New York; White Cube, London; Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; and Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Several monographs have been published of his work, including The New Antiquity (2010) and My Life in Politics (Aperture, 2006). He is recipient of the 2007–8 Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize and a 2005 Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award.


Photographs and texts ©2021 Tim Davis