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Ghostplay 
 
  
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Hardcover 
156 pages 
powerHouse Books 
Published 2005 
  
Book Description 
  
Beginning with Bobcats, depicting the rites of passage of a girlsí softball team, and moving to Gladiators, displaying basketball in a combative pit of racial divide, photographer Eric Payson has gone one step further in his exploration of the media and Americaís obsession with sports as entertainment, voyeurism, and violence with Ghostplay. In Paysonís electrifying new work, college footballís raw beauty rises to the surface in photographs taken directly from the television screen; images morph into each other and expressions are magnified as they are frozen in time. Ghostplay examines the media that transmits it all, as the broadcasters and corporate sponsors appear as much a part of the game as the athletes and coaches. Interspersed with intrusive news bulletins, overeager cheerleaders, anxious spectators, and seemingly malicious data on the athletesí injuries, college football appears to be a forum for adolescent violence and pervasive adult greed. In these images, the game dissolves as the ghost in the machine of the American media is captured by Paysonís camera. Ghostplay reveals the suspicion and intrigue lurking between the stadium seats, played out in the television control rooms, and hovering in the lower levels of our consciousness. "Looking at these photos seems almost voyeuristic, with the projection lines and greenish tint lending them a security camera air. It evokes a creepy, future-imperfect feel, and the cameraís ability to capture the televisionís transitional images, the in-between times that the brain filters, gives the frames a rawer and more personal feel, rendering the subjects extremely vulnerable. Each shot of the television captures more motion than a camera at a live event would, and renders each picture simultaneously alien in nature and extremely organic in content." (Anthem)  
  
About the Author 
  
Eric Payson is a photographer and performance artist. Solo exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted at Galerie Bodo Niemann, Berlin and Rene Fotouhi, East Hampton, New York. As the third piece in a trilogy of books by Eric Payson, Ghostplay follows Gladiators and Bobcats (powerHouse Books, 2004 and 2002 respectively). He lives in New York and Tucson, Arizona. Mark Holborn is an editor and author working between London and New York. He has produced books with artists and photographers including William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Irving Penn, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Holborn is the author of several books on Japan and Japanese art, including Beyond Japan (Jonathan Cape, 1991) and Black Sun: The Eyes of Four (Aperture, 1986). He has also written for and edited books such as Gladiators and Bobcats by Eric Payson and The Babies by Polly Borland (powerHouse Books, 2004, 2002, and 2001 respectively).
 
  
 
 
  
 
  
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