On Standby

Text and photographs by Mireille Ribière

Hand-made leporello, an accordion-pleat style consisting of 14 double-page spreads
Edition of 25


Selected by the Davis Orton Gallery and the Griffin Museum of Photography for their 11th Annual Photobook Show

There are numerous photobooks and series of photographs that document the ravages of time or the progress of ill health, be they testimonies of witnesses or self-portraits. But how does one convey by photographic means the feelings of helplessness and the sense of alienation from oneself and others generally experienced by hospital patients? This photobook constitutes such an attempt. It is about an intensely personal experience with which most people who have spent time ill in hospital will identify.

This work is informed by the need to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of patients and staff, the technical limitations of the iPhone 6 used, as well as the severely weakened state of the photographer herself.

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