SUPER – PRIVATE : SCENES 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 – 2017 – Leporello bookwork in six editions. Editing and design: paula roush. Photographic source: EPS + Al-Yom Collections /Arab Image Foundation. Inkjet and laser printing, Epson 189 gsm paper (leporello) and Corona offset 120gsm (folded insert). 30x11cm, expanding to 40-130cm depending on edition. Hand-bound and manufactured by msdm publications. Released during the launch of infinite multiple in September 2017. Available at the infinite multiple online store>
Super-private consists of photographs taken in the late 1940s, 1950s by a Lebanese banker known as RS, sourced from the Arab Image Foundation’s EPS collection, along with a newspaper photograph from the ‘Al-Yom collection’ (also held at the Foundation), showing the building where RS worked, damaged by a nearby explosion during the 1975-1990 Civil War, and a conversation between PR (paula roush) and EPS, who donated the ‘EPS collection’ to the Arab Image Foundation and wishes to remain anonymous.
In 2005, EPS deposited two dozen rolls of undeveloped 35mm film at the Arab Image Foundation. Stored in a bespoke wooden box, each had been carefully wrapped in protective foil and enclosed in individually fitted drawers. The donor had found them in the family house – carefully protected against Beirut’s dampness – and brought them in for conservation and preservation. They were the work of a Lebanese banker born in 1904, known as RS, who died of a heart attack when he was 54. The people in his photographs were friends and lovers who never had the chance to see themselves in what looks like a photo-roman noir including road trips, jet flights and secretive hotel room encounters. Were they following a script? Or did these scenes just happen as life unraveled itself in the glamorous Lebanon of the 1940s and 50s? What might have been a photo family album, was nothing of that kind.