The Father of Pop Dance

Title: The Father of Pop Dance

Photographer/s: Tiane Doan na Champassak

Contributor/s: Hester Keijser

Date of publication: July 2012

Place of publication: France

Dimensions: 17 x 21,50 cm

Edition size: 700

Type of binding: Spiral bound

Number of pages: 64

Type of paper: Hello Gloss

Number of pictures: 64

Type of printing: Offset

Publisher: self-published

Category: artist book

Price: 28€

Summary: The book is in effect a repro­duc­tion of a photo album that shows his father, who also went by the name of Tiane Doan na Cham­pas­sak, danc­ing in a photo stu­dio in Los Ange­les in 1967. Dur­ing the shoot, he changes into dif­fer­ent funky out­fits, but always wear­ing the same belt. There is no fur­ther story about the ori­gin, the how and the why of the photo series, nor do we know what music Tiane’s dad was danc­ing to, but we can imagine.

The album, which begins and ends with the Father of Pop Dance sit­ting in dif­fer­ent poses on front and back cover, has a delib­er­ated edit, with mul­ti­ple expo­sures at the begin­ning and end of the danc­ing sequences. Over time, the exist­ing sym­me­try has been enhanced nat­u­rally: humid stor­age con­di­tions caused the pages (all ana­log prints) to stick together in cer­tain spots. Open­ing the album after decades inevitably caused tears in the prints that look like snow, and add an extra visual layer sug­gest­ing movement.

Hester Keijser

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 19/08/1973 Puyvert, France.

Website: www.champassak.com

Book link: http://www.champassak.com/en/page_4725.html

Donated by: Tiane Doan na Champassak

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