Leah Ollman writes for the Los Angeles Times and is a Corresponding Editor for Art in America. She has contributed to numerous books and exhibition catalogues, most recently Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper. She is working on a book about the intersection of poetry and photography.

Keep Looking: Samuel Levi Jones Speaks with Leah Ollman

Samuel Levi Jones, 48 Portraits (Underexposed) (2012), digital prints on pulped encyclopedia pages, 24 1/2 x 22 inches each, 8 x 23 feet overall. Printed and published by the artist. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, and PATRON, Chicago. ©Samuel Levi Jones.

In 2011, Samuel Levi Jones was given a set of encyclopedias by a fellow grad student at Mills College in Oakland, California. While most turn to such compendia for what’s contained within, Jones was driven to examine what the books lacked—namely, serious Read More