Imagination the Spy

By Francois Deschamps
New Paltz, New York: Papyrus Productions , 2010. Edition of 10.

10.75 x 8.125"; 38 pages. Japanese stab binding. Photography.

Imagination the Spy compares through photographs historic and contemporary representations of Oceania.

Papyrus Productions: "One hundred years ago, the anthropologist Arthur Maurice Hocart worked and photographed on Lakeba and Rotuma, two remote Fijian islands. My own travels in Fiji from 1995 - 2001 took me to the same two remote islands. This book contrasts two responses to these similar experiences. Hocart's photographs, always on the left page, are housed in the Alexander Turnbulll Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mâtauranga o Aotearoa. My own imaginative response to these Fijian islands results from my photographs, watercolors made in 1995-2001, and from a personal idiosyncratic collection of nineteenth century travel books."