5 - Joseph Mills
For his contribution to the Witness series – in which one artist is selected for each volume to present their own work as well as work by other artists – Joseph Mills presents his vintage street photographs, culminating in a special selection of his famed “Inner City” work with an accompanying essay by Paul Roth. Witness Number 5 closes with a presentation of work Mary Del Popolo (“Self”) and Norman Carr (“Schizopolis”). Designed from cover to cover by Joseph Mills, and featuring full-bleeds and an extended gatefold, this is a jaw-dropping volume that has to be seen to be believed. "On one level these are documentary photographs, depicting the capital city of the United States, downtown Washington, D.C., in a period of decline between 1982 and 1989. But they are more than that. The restless streets seem envisioned rather than recorded; emblematic of a psychic state more than of a specific place or historical moment. Mills’ Inner City is empathic in nature, suffused with the hope and desperation radiating from the people whose lives pass before his lens." — Paul Roth

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