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“What Bruce Connew’s book ‘Body of Work’ recalibrates is the very interesting and historical metaphor of the horse ... ” Brad Feuerhelm’s review for American Suburb X, September 18, 2016.

‘Body of Work’ was first launched and signed during Paris Photo 2015, first at Le Bal, November 12, and again, Friday 13, at Café Lehmitz Photobooks aboard Polycopies, just before an awful madness came upon Paris.

“In the first instance, ‘Body of Work’ is about the orchestrated process of horse breeding. But, as I wriggled through the months of scrutiny, amidst the rawness of procreation, I became aware of a common anomaly in the mares being served. I came to recognise, in one mare after another, an anthropomorphic capacity to reflect. Through mournful eyes, they would make known an understanding of their peculiar predicament.” ... from the afterword.

Josef Chladek included ‘Body of Work’ on Virtual Bookshelf’s 2015 BEST list. His tweet early December 2015 said:  “One of the most stunning and beautiful books in a long time ...”

Bruce Connew

Back in Aotearoa New Zealand, the book was launched during the 2016 PhotoBook NZ Festival, and, for the 47th and final time, at THE KEEP, 504 Karangahape Road, Auckland, Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6–8pm ... a few words from Awoiska van der Molen (‘Sequester’, 2014), a dash of whisky, signed & numbered books ~ & eftpos ~ {regular edition NZ$95 / special edition (with print) NZ$225}

The first brave showing of ‘Body of Work’ (2015) was at Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa gallery {Suite}, a 38-image grid of the series “recalibrating” the metaphor of the horse, opposite a 52-image grid of the surveillance series ‘I Saw You’ (2007) ... a dialogue.


design Catherine Griffiths
and Bruce Connew
typography Catherine Griffiths
cloth, case-bound, 68 pages
340 x 230mm, upright
38 tritone photographs
printed in Germany by Optimal Media
NZ$95 (600 signed, numbered edition)
NZ$220 (50 signed, numbered
edition of book with signed,
numbered archival pigment
print of image #9,
325 x 217mm, on Hahnemuhle
Photo Rag)
Vapour Momenta Books
ISBN 978-0-473-33019-4


Titling, ‘Legs’, made early 2014 for ‘Body of Work’



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Body of Work

Bruce Connew, 2015

Artist book, published by Vapour Momenta Books, the pocket-sized publishing arm of Bruce Connew and Catherine Griffiths

Printed in Germany at Optimal Media, launched at Le Bal, then at Café Lehmitz, Polycopies, during Paris Photo 2015. 

First edition of 600 numbered and signed copies, of which 50 include a signed and numbered print.

View the book and full suite of 38 photographs at

design Catherine Griffiths
and Bruce Connew
typography Catherine Griffiths
cloth, case-bound, 68 pages
340 x 230mm, upright
38 tritone photographs
printed by Optimal Media
Vapour Momenta Books
ISBN 978-0-473-33019-4

Available from:

PhotoBookStore UK
Le Bal Books Paris
Tipi Bookshop Brussels
L’Ascenseur Végétal Bordeaux
Café Lehmitz Photobooks Cologne
Bruce Connew NZ

Josef Chladek’s Virtual Bookshelf


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