Tom Lecky is an American artist and publisher
Episode 296: Tom Lecky joins me in a conversation about his excellent publishing house, Understory Books, and his pursuit of publishing The Archive of Bernard Taylor, an incredibly believable slice of photographic fiction.
Tom Lecky has a great backstory as he comes from the world of literature and antiquarian books. We spent a decent amount of the conversation speaking about his deep passion for books and his enthusiasm for photography. As a renaissance man, Tom has studied the mediums of the book and photography for decades. His interest in archival material, cartography, historical interpretation, and obfuscation makes his work incredibly interesting.
In the episode, we spoke about his effort in publishing The Archive of Barnard Taylor. This quizzical tome considers a form of local history and the phantom-like presence of an author defined by his output more than his life. It is an interesting take on American biography, history, and the permeable ability for photography to be read with imagination and vigor despite its disregard to conform to absolutes. Please listen in. Tom is magnetic, and his knowledge of literature and the published book is deep and inspiring.