Two is an exquisite collection of captivating and thought-provoking
photographs by award-winning photographer Melissa Ann Pinney that
contemplate the essence of duality in our relationships and in the
world that surrounds us. Edited and introduced by Pinney's friend,
New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett, the volume is
filled with memorable images that encase rich stories: two children
at play, a pair of aging friends, parent and child, couples in
love. But deeper meanings can lurk in the margins of the frame, in
the expressions in the eyes, in the disconnect of the connection.
Photographs without human subjects bear their own mysteries: two
nesting tea cups, an indoor pool, two chairs in autumn.Pinney,
whose work is in the permanent collections of dozens of American
museums, including the Metropolitan, MoMA, The Art Institute of
Chicago, and the Getty, aims her lens at pairs-mostly, but not
always human-that display or imply elusive connections of mind, of
spirit, or of simply the act of being. Patchett, whose enthusiasm
for Pinney's vision helped bring this project to fruition, has
paired the photographs with remarkable essays about the nature of
two, commissioned from some of the best writers at work today:
Edwidge Danticat, Barbara Kingsolver, Richard Russo, Elizabeth
Gilbert, Susan Orlean, Alan Gurganus, Maile Meloy, Elizabeth
McCracken, Jane Hamilton, and Billy Collins (who provides a
beautiful poem celebrating "two creatures bound by wonderment.")
"I've always been interested in watching people together. I wonder
what their story is, who they are to each other," Pinney writes in
the preface. "No matter how uninspired I feel, how dull I think a
place is, when I look at the world through a camera a new beginning
takes place." Filled with startling, sensitive images and nuanced
prose, Two is an illuminating keepsake of human experience, at once
universal and unique.
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