I am a long time admirer of David Horvitz’s work and working methods. What I love so much about his work is a combination of such intelligence, humor, and simplicity that the work feels effortlessly smart, critical, and genuine. I first came across his project Public Access as a free PDF via his email newsletter. He made 50+ photographs on 50+ publicly accessible beaches on the California coast, all of himself gazing out on the ocean à la Caspar David Friedrich. The photos were uploaded to the beaches Wikipedia pages, to serve as visual metadata, but when editors started to notice the figure linking each image, a discussion began over the legitimacy of the photos. Many of the photos were taken down. This unfolding of the work into many definitions of “access” including its availability as a PDF is just perfect.
How to Shoplift Books is just what it sounds like; a collection of ways – foolish, romantic, poetic, practical – to steal books. Through its mix of direct and imaginative advice it shines a light on the act of book selling, buying, and decision making.