Stefanie’s book looks at the complicated relationship between women and alcohol through the prism of her mother’s addiction and bouts of recovery. Moshammer examines this through family archival footage, texts between her and her mother, but also a broader investigation into the culture of alcohol production that solely focuses on selling to women. It is an alarming look at the culture of alcohol and its excesses and how that affects our relationships and lives.
I think this is one of the sleeper photobooks of 2023. The core content is essential, biographical, and spoken about in terms that are not judging but are concerned. The intelligent use of montage, phone text, and elements from Moshammer’s ever-expanding practice creates a socially oriented world yet retains the core values of photobook-making through an intelligent edit, design, and overall production.
Please listen to this to hear Stefanie speak about the experience of producing this and several other books, such as Vegas and She and The Land of Black Milk.