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I PHOTOGRAPH therefore I AM
This artist's book is an archive of vernacular images, namely mirror self portraits. Adopting the role of the archivist, I am assembling a vast collection of images wherein the "photographer" is visually obscured by her instrument of choice. As camera ownership becomes a staple of modern existence, those wielding one continually validate their own existence with the obligatory mirror self portrait.
Travis Shaffer (b. 1983 Pittsburgh, Pa) received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Kentucky in May of 2010. Shaffer's work spans the genres of photography, book arts, graphic design and installation. Shaffer is a member of the Artist's Books Cooperative, a group of approx. 20 international artists working with Print-on-Demand technologies. Shaffer's work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and present at art book fairs in major art centers in the US and Europe.