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A book portraying Suzanne Gloria Lyall, missing since March 2 1998. A work which offers a reflection on the Photography medium.
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Out of the blue — The project

Out of the blue, Albany (NY), 2014-2016

Out of the blue brings together a lot of different material (textual & photographic) coming from different sources (new material & archives) creating a portrait of Suzanne Gloria Lyall and questioning at the same time the different status of the photographic image and the documents. Within a multi-layered narrative, the project offers a new echo to this dramatic and still unresolved story.

Images of the first NY Police helicopter search, landscapes relevant to the story, portraits, family archives, Police leads, emails / fax / letters / drawings from different psychics (mediums) involved in the case, Suzanne belongings and clothing, maps, age-progressed composite made by forensic artist, still life... 

The Dummy
The Dummy

 

Suzanne's parents - Doug & Mary Lyall
Suzanne's parents - Doug & Mary Lyall

This selected and reorganized material starts to speak with each other in a new way, opening up a new space for speculations and new links. The status of each image and document is constantly shifting and offering new meaning and new context. Throughout the book, Suzanne's face is never clearly shown; Disappearing between the pages, as she is living outside the frame, in an invisible world. The only clear and straight portraits of her are the three "age-progressed composites", made in collaboration with a US professional forensic artist, depicting her possible features today, at the age of 38. 
During the investigation, the various photographs of Suzanne were used by different psychics not for the representation of her, but as objects they touched, in order for them to connect and get closer to Suzanne; so the project focuses on that aspect and offers a reflection on the status of the image.

Suzanne's handwriting
Suzanne's handwriting

 

Suzanne
Suzanne

 

Suzanne
Suzanne

The book is the perfect form for this project and should be seen as the work itself. Because of the conceptual aspect of the project first, but also because of the distribution and circulation of the book. The story will enter a new field; not the police or the press anymore, but the art world, so it will bring some new discussions and repercussions and hopefully some answers to her disappearance.

Suzanne bedroom
Suzanne bedroom

The Team

Delphine Bedel (Meta/Books)
Delphine Bedel is a photographer, lecturer, curator and publisher, working at the intersection of photography, design and publishing. Founder of Meta/Books and Amsterdam Art/Book Fair. She regularly contributes to books and magazines and as international keynote speaker. Member of the Advisory Board of the Mondriaan Fondation and Member of the German Photography Academy (DFA). Her work is exhibited internationally and her awarded editorial work includes over 60 books. Currently MA Thesis Supervisor at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (NL) and PhD researcher at UCA/University of the Creative Arts, Farnham Campus (UK). Her thesis focuses on ‘Publishing as Artistic Practice – From hard Copy to Software Culture’.

Christof Nuessli
Our swiss Graphic Designer and artist, based in Zürich (CH)

Book Technical Details

Published by Meta/Books - Hardcover - 800 copies - US Letter format - 3 different papers - 3 different age-progressed portraits of Suzanne in A2 posters inserts - 170 pages - Text by Delphine Bedel - Out in September 2016

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Design, printing, texts, lithography, translation, tests, promotion & distribution in New York during the NY Art Book Fair (sept 2016), Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (sept 2016), Festival Images Vevey (oct 2016), Offprint Paris (nov 2016)...

Rewards

The Thank You Postcard
The Thank You Postcard

 

The age-progressed posters of Suzanne
The age-progressed posters of Suzanne

 

"poem" from Casting Jane booklet
"poem" from Casting Jane booklet

 

Out of the blue Landscape 01
Out of the blue Landscape 01

 

Out of the blue Landscape 02
Out of the blue Landscape 02

 

Out of the blue Landscape 03
Out of the blue Landscape 03

 

Under Cover Print 01
Under Cover Print 01

 

Under Cover Print 02
Under Cover Print 02

 

Under Cover Print 03
Under Cover Print 03

 

The Skype Call!
The Skype Call!

 

The Meeting/Coffee/Photography!
The Meeting/Coffee/Photography!

 

Your personal astrological chart!
Your personal astrological chart!

 

Your age-progressed portrait made by a professional!
Your age-progressed portrait made by a professional!

 

Risks and challenges

Making a Photography book is expensive...
Design, Layout, Printing, Binding, Lithography, Travel for promotion & distribution, Mail, Copy-Editing, Texts, Translation...
We already received financial support from the Swiss Art Council (Pro Helvetia), The City of Lausanne and The Canton de Vaud, so we are asking you to help us for the last steps, in order to make this book how it should be and to give the opportunity to this story to be spread and Suzanne to be known.

******************* A HUGE THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP ********************

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