Ralph Waldo Emerson + Lisa McCarty


In Circles, Lisa McCarty pairs the complete text of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Circles" (1841) with images she has made with a Polaroid SX-70 camera and instant film between 2011-2015. The combination of text and image explores the ways in which the circle is both an underlying form in nature and a metaphor for the human condition.

Self-published, Released January 1, 2017 | First Edition: 100 copies

Hardcover clothbound with black linen, silver foil stamp on cover and spine | 5.75 x 7.25 inches (14.6 x 18.4 cm) | 288 pages, 71 b/w and color images

Text: Complete text of from the essay "Circles" by Ralph Waldo Emerson | Originally published in his book Essays in 1841

Images: All photographs made by Lisa McCarty between 2011-2015 with Impossible Project Instant Film | Design: Lisa McCarty, 2016

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