Critical Mass + Running Falling Flying Floating Crawling



Photolucida is super-pleased to be awarding 25+ copies of Running Falling Flying Floating Crawling (Saint Lucy Books, 2020) with as many CM21 finalists in September after jurying ends. Edited by Mark Alice Durant (one of our pre-screeners this year!), this mysterious, ethereal and compelling tome gives the viewer/reader a deeply-affecting experience while pondering the various examples of extreme “being” – most falling outside one’s daily stasis – “rapidly plummeting” being on one end of the experiential spectrum, “quiet transcendence” being on the other. Writers respond to the photographic imagery, which spans from the historically familiar to more obscure and equally powerful contemporary work.  Details on the project and publication can be found in this great conversation here between Mark Alice Durant and Jon Feinstein (Humble Arts Foundation).


@Raymond Meeks, from Halfstory Halflife

As the apogee of free-fall a body is briefly weightless. But photographs can transform every point along an arc into its zenith. Their stillness affords us time to see the glowing edges of things, the beauty of form, the quiet instead of the clanging insistence of passing time and the rushing air of free-fall. In pictures, the present is unclouded by ardent dreams of the future. In these few suspended moments, we are heroic, winged.  – Kim Beil, Free Fall Forever (excerpt from response to Raymond Meek’s work)


Edited by Mark Alice Durant, Hardcover, 9 X 7 Inches, 300 Pages

Words: Kate Palmer Albers, Kim Beil, Tessa Berring, Jennifer Blessing, Susan Bright, David Campany, Maud Casey, Leslie Dick, Jean Dykstra, Odette England, Jen Grow, Cig Harvey, Marvin Heiferman, Emily LaBarge, Jane D. Marsching, Carol Mavor, tamara suarez porras, Lia Purpura, Seph Rodney, Roula Seikaly, Diane Seuss, David Levi Strauss, Lynne Tillman, Gilda Williams.

Images: Bas Jan Ader, Dieter Appelt, Atul Bhalla, Maura Biava, Anna and Bernhard Blume, Julia Borissova, Chris Burden, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sarah Charlesworth, Denis Darzacq, Maya Deren, Jimmy DeSana, John Divola, Valie Export / Peter Weibel, Allen Frame, Nan Goldin, Cig Harvey, Susan Hiller, Peter Hujar, Aleksei Kazantsev, Martin Kersels, Andre Kertesz, Yves Klein, Stanislava Kovalcikova, William Lamson, Sigalit Landau, Gabby Laurent, Yael Martinez, Rania Matar, Lilly McElroy, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Raymond Meeks, Susan Meiselas, Gideon Mendel, Ana Mendieta, Andrea Modica, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Eadweard Muybridge, Paul Pfeiffer, Steven Pippin, Pope.L, Shawn Records, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Laurie Simmons, Aaron Siskind, Tabitha Soren, Clare Strand, Larry Sultan, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, David Uzochukwu, Oliver Wasow, William Wegman, Francesca Woodman, Ana Zibelnik.