Series of Dreams



In Series of Dreams, Russell Joslin references work curated over 17 years as Publisher & Editor of Shots magazine to create a uniquely poetic and conceptually unified collection of imagery which simultaneously comforts, challenges, and delights the viewer. This beautifully printed volume includes 157 striking and memorable works from Joslin’s 68 issues of the magazine. Meticulously sown images are divided into thought-provoking and luscious chapters, but it is much more than a “best of” anthology. Elaborating on the surrealist sensibilities of Joslin’s Black Forest [Candela Books, 2014], Series of Dreams achieves an elusive balance between the humane and the ethereal; that rare and magical aesthetic that lets us experience the universal nature of dreaming while acknowledging the highly personal experience of one’s own dreams. The work of each artist is celebrated and allowed to breathe, each image recognized for its beauty and mystery; this, while the work of Joslin – through his deliberate and purposeful selection and sequencing – offers a sense of community and cohesion.

Series of Dreams is the debut title of Skeleton Key Press, a new voice in contemporary art publishing. A complete list of contributing artists and photos of the book follows.

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Listed as one of the BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS OF 2018 by: Elizabeth Avedon [Elizabeth Avedon’s Journal], Collier Brown [photo-eye Books], and Suzanne Révy & Elin Spring [What Will You Remember?]

"It is Russell Joslin's breathtaking ability to source, to see, to recognize photography that transcends reiteration to become Art, yes, and further to describe Beauty—Beauty as profound and nuanced as kindness is—which defined his 17 year tenure as editor of Shots and is here distilled into intoxicating lucidity."  –Sally Mars, from the foreword of Series of Dreams

"Like a cherished sonata, you can listen to this book many a time."  –Arno Rafael Minkkinen

"Series of Dreams gathers in one volume a dizzying array of talent published in Shots during Russell Joslin’s tenure. Rarely have I come across an anthology so handsomely produced and brilliantly curated. I’ve flipped its pages hundreds of times already, and never once without a flutter of anticipation."  –Collier Brown, The Od-Review

"The layout and combination of the images in Series of Dreams are truly spectacular and I believe that Russell Joslin’s latest book is doing exactly what it should be doing—connecting the dream world with the viewer."  –Roger Ballen

"Russell Joslin builds upon cursive paradoxes and prolific contrasts… The reader is confronted with mysterious portraits, stark landscapes, perturbing animals, ordinary objects, and even indiscernible images. There is simply one connection between the photographs: there is space to find Beauty in each [one]."  –Sarah Sunday, Musée Magazine

"Series of Dreams is a beautiful volume encompassing a remarkably fecund publishing tenure."  –George Slade, re:photographica

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Published by Skeleton Key Press, 2018
ISBN 978-0-9997553-0-3
9 x 11 in (23 x 28 cm)
Hardbound, 192 pp
Designed by Russell Joslin
Foreword by Sally Mars
Interview with Russell Joslin

Contributing artists: Geoffrey Agrons, Jane Fulton Alt, Dave Anderson, Richard Ansett, Éric Antoine, Angela Bacon-Kidwell, Roger Ballen, Allan Barnes, Allison Barnes, Douglas Beasley, Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy, Rita Bernstein, Anne Berry, Julie Blackmon, B.A. Bosaiya, Jeremey Bot, Velibor Božovic, Matthieu Brouillard, Joscha Bruckert, Susan Burnstine, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Rebecca Cairns, Catherine Cameron, Tom Chambers, Polly Chandler, Chang Chao-Tang, Colleen Longo Collins, Monica Denevan, Maggie Diaz, Gina Easley, Smith Eliot, Janieta Eyre, Torkil Færø, Gloria Baker Feinstein, Tobias Feltus and Joseph Feltus (FeltusFeltus), Teresa Flowers, Roman Franc, Susan Friedman, Valerie Galloway, Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin, Carol Golemboski, Elijah Gowin, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Brigitte Grignet, Robin Hann, Kip Harris, Cig Harvey, Anna Hayat and Slava Pirsky, Cornelia Hediger, Øyvind Hjelmen, Josef Hoflehner, Eirik Holmøyvik, Kazha Imura, Amy James, Olivia Johnston, Russell Joslin, Bastian Kalous, Keymo, Ghada Khunji, Kevin Kline and Bruce Schultz, Viktor Kolář, Antigone Kourakou, Mariya Kozhanova, George Krause, Aëla Labbé, Alain Laboile, Louviere+Vanessa, EJ Major, Igor Malijevský, Isa Marcelli, Brittany Markert, Sally Mars, Sayaka Maruyama, Edith Maybin, Anne Arden McDonald, Julie Meridian, Bridget Murphy Milligan, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Beth Moon, Jeff Moorfoot, Robert Moran, Shelly Mosman, Celeste Nelms, Suk Kuhn Oh, Louie Palu, Lydia Panas, Edoardo Pasero, Sean Perry, Ivan Pinkava, Agafia Polynchuk, Douglas Prince, Jacqueline Roberts, Ellen Rogers, William Ropp, Ken Rosenthal, Ed Ross, Sebastian Rut, Steve Schapiro, Nashalina Schrape, Larry Schwarm, Robin Schwartz, Deb Schwedhelm, Lauren Semivan, Jennifer Shaw, J. Shimon & J. Lindemann, Erica Shires, Elizabeth Siegfried, Lauren E. Simonutti, Kristen and Mark Sink, Vojtěch V. Sláma, Aline Smithson, Tone Elin Solholm, Daniel Southard, Vee Speers, Bjørn Sterri, Gordon Stettinius, Håkan Strand, Maura Sullivan, Darla Teagarden, Heiko Tiemann, Sylvie Tillmann, Alexey Titarenko, Pavel Titovich, Ana Tornel, Arthur Tress, Rod Tuach, Bill Vaccaro, Tom Van de Ven, Alexander Veledzimovich, Doifel Videla, Oleg Videnin, Lori Vrba, Garie Waltzer, Helen Warner, Hiroshi Watanabe, Donata Wenders, James Wigger, Francis A. Willey, Michael Wilson, Vanessa Winship, Marc Yankus, Shigeki Yoshida