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Episode 34: Mimi Plumb‘s Landfall is one of those particular books that strikes your attention from afar. I remember seeing the cover on a table at one of the fairs and being drawn to the typography thinking it fell somewhere between gilt capital lettering and the Snow White film logo. I opened, thumbed through the book and came to the image of the woman with long fair facing away from the camera and realized that I had seen this image floating around on social media. One part cousin Cousin It and one part uncanny double, the image piqued my curiousity.
Tang. 1987. Mimi Plumb.
Fast forward to present and the kind folk of TBW Books sent me a copy of the first edition with a number of fascinating titles from their roster, most of whom I have covered or will be covering in the next weeks. With Mimi, our interview was in depth and quite interesting. We spoke about Landfall, but also her other projects and spent some time covering her early work Pictures From the Valley. This body of work is particularly interesting as it stands out from her later works in as much as it is a more direct approach to photojournalism and is perhaps the most “straight forward”. The work reflects the Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union movement in California. Mimi was kind enough to relate her experience on the matter and explain the atmosphere surrounding Chavez. She also spoke about her upcoming book with Stanley/Barker entitled The White Sky. We also discussed the reprinting on Landfall due out very soon.
Two Missiles. Mimi Plumb.
Young Men and Pier Fire. 1986. Mimi Plumb.
Rufus at Cathedral Gorge. Mimi Plumb.