Cara Barer is a page curler. She also happens to be a photographer.
Her Dimensions and Of Words, Paper, and Shapes series are are among the finest examples of biblio-photography.
How does she find her subjects:
Barer realized that she owned many books that were "no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need "Windows 95?" she says.
"As I begin the process, I first consider the contents of each volume." Then
the books go into the "bathtub for a few hours" and emerge with "a new shape and purpose. She "uses everything from hair rollers to Velcro to manipulate them into the desired forms."
"To blur the line between objects, sculpture, and photography"
The work of Abelardo Morell comes to mind when viewing Barer's images though Barer's work seems more intimate. Her photographs also exude a surreal sensuality that bring a comfort not always found in images of altered books.
Barer received an Honorable mention from the Aperture Foundation for their Summer 2006 Portfolio Pick.
Thanks to kottke.org for the lead