- Originally published by Fourteen Nineteen, with the trade edition of the book now sold out.
- The print edition of Blisner, IL by Daniel Shea is limited to 50 copies, and comes with the a signed copy of Blisner, IL (regular edition now Out of Print); a 5x7" print (#/5 edition each, 10 options, see click-through images to the left for availability); a postcard that serves as a bookmark.
- Each 5x7" print contains an exclusive image not contained within the book.
- Colour Monograph, 18 x 25 cm portrait
- 192 Pages, Hardcover
- First Edition, September 2014
- ISBN 978-0-9573810-3-2
- with an essay by Walter Benn Michaels
Blisner, IL examines the effects of deindustrialization in a Rust Belt town. The book serves as a sequel to Blisner, Ill., the change in postal abbreviations significant in their respective points in the chronology of the town, and frames its predecessor as a historical document from which to draw information at the present day site.
The book focuses on mid-sized cities in Southern Illinois and how they attempt to maintain the veneer of their once industrially-prosperous moment. Blisner, IL is organized in chapters that loosely follow the regional picture book formula of understanding place through its history, industry and culture, the terms often functioning synonymously.
Blisner, IL was launched with an exhibition at Webber, which you can see archived here.
Read about Blisner, IL:
The Great Leap Sideways - text by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Hotshoe - interview with Alan Knox
Photo-Eye - interview with Lucas Foglia
Paper Journal - review by Alexander Norton
1000 Words - review by Jeffrey Ladd