Shock and Awe
By Ethan Rafal San Francisco: IHA Editions, 2015. First Edition.
10.25 x 10.25"; 152 pages with 123 illustrations. Half-bound in cloth over boards with strap closure and foil stamping.
IHA Editions: "A twelve-year, autobiographical project examining the relationship between protracted war and homeland decay, Shock and Awe is a meticulously crafted image, text, and found object journal that blurs the line between author and subject, and personal and authoritative histories. Completed over countless years traveling the United States, the project pulls from the traditions of documentary photography and writing set on the American road.
"This journal was the source for the Shock and Awe — First Edition, a meticulously crafted reproduction completed over the course of several years. "
Ethan Rafal, afterword: "I started collecting material for this book shortly after September 11th, 2001. It would be five years before I realized what I was doing. By the end of 2011, a hand-made journal had taken shape, and became the blueprint for the book ...
"The works in this book - image, text, found materials, are presented chronologically (almost); as they were made, as the events they describe took place, as they were found. Dates are mostly excluded, as I find them to be distracting, limiting."