Anne-Turyn

MARTINE SYMS

Current Residence

Los Angeles, California

What is your favorite art book?

Jeremy Deller, Folk Archive

What are you currently reading?

John Fiske, Television Culture

What is your favorite art book title?

grey-blue grain

What is the first book you read that was influential to you?

I was raised in a religious household and the Bible was very influential to me. I was obsessed with imagining hell and wondered how the devil would reveal himself to me. 

What books, magazines, or art ephemera do you keep in the space where you work?

I keep the books I make nearby, as well as an assortment of anthologies, monographs, zines and periodicals. Currently: Joost Grootens, I swear I use no art at all; David Hartt, for everyone a garden; Alex Coles, The Transdisciplinary Studio; back issues of Kaleidoscope; other stuff. 

If you could only live with one art book what would it be?

It’s a strange pick for me, but I’ve been thinking about Keith Bormuth’s The Occasion of Fracture for several years now. 

What is your favorite item in the MoMA Library Collection? Why?

My favorite item is a series called Top Stories by Anne Turyn. It’s a great project with a fantastic name. There still aren’t enough forums for “writing as practice.” I sort of want to start a new version. 

12 / 17/ 1960, Flashbulb Memories, 1986 Anne Turyn


The Physical Level - Chapter 2

In this chapter it explains what makes the physical structure of a photograph. Even though it is physically a flat image, the borders, paper choice, coating and how it is printed brings dimension into the image. The choice of colour and black and white print is also an important aspect as to how the photographer wants his audience to understand and view the photo. 

I was drawn to a colour printed image because according to the book, “colour adds a new descriptive information and transparency” to the image and also challenges the photographer more because of the different tones he has to deal with. I do think that coloured images do create that sense because black and white images tend to make them more mysterious and takes away the life. 

With colour as well, the photographer can manipulate how they want the audience to see the photograph as. Like this photo by Anne Turyn - it was taken in the 80′s but titled as if it was taken in the 60′s, and the way she played with the colour tones made it look just how she wanted it to.