ciprian

          joy torn stitches

memory rich

memory healed

             awoken

      tumbling house

      broken

           —Raymond Meeks (after Nick Cave)

In an interview in the brilliant 2007 documentary series produced by the BBC, The Genius of Photography, Robert Adams compares the work of photographers with that of composers, painters, and philosophers. All these other artists, Adams explains, have the privilege of drifting off into abstraction, while photographers have to accomplish the same things by living and working in the world as it is today. He says photographers have to discover meaning while making pictures in dilapidated streets and while breathing dirty air, and thus perhaps accomplish something much more meaningful as a result.1

This is the perfect place to start thinking about ciprian honey cathedral, the latest book by artist Raymond Meeks. This book is a lovely meditation on...

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