On August 21, 2017, the total solar eclipse provided a rare opportunity for people across the United States to experience a collective encounter. Despite the prevalence of contemporary political and cultural polarization, more than 215 million Americans – 88% of the country’s total population – stood side by side and looked skyward together, sharing in a quieting, unifying act.
Artist(s) Ben Alper, Morgan Ashcom, Julia Bennett, Allison Beondé, Rachel Boillot, Christa Bowden, Aaron Canipe, Caleb Churchill, Daniel W. Coburn, Cary Conover, Mark Dorf, Joy Drury Cox, Eliot Dudik, Matt Eich, Lisa Elmaleh, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Jenny Fine, Annie Flanagan, Adam Forrester, Jill Frank, Matthew Gamber, Nathaniel Grann, Meg Griffiths, Joshua Dudley Greer, Daniel George, David Goldes, Thomas Locke Hobbs, Frances Jakubek, William Knipscher, Shane Lavalette, Sophie T. Lvoff, Elise Kirk, Devin Lunsford, Paula McCartney, Lisa McCarty, Sarah Meadows, Lindsay Metivier, Brittany Nelson, Lori Nix, Greta Pratt, Thalassa Raasch, Tom Rankin, Jared Ragland, Justin James Reed, Whitten Sabbatini, Anastasia Samoylova, Mark Steinmetz, Justine Tobiasz, Jonathan Traviesa, Ian van Coller, Sara J. Winston, Keith Yahrling
Publisher one day projects
Inspired by both the natural wonder and symbolic possibilities of this unique occurrence, photographers from inside and outside the path of totality were invited to document and share their experiences. The resulting book, And light followed the flight of sound, features 85 images by 52 emergent and established photographic artists. Edited, designed and produced by Jared Ragland and Eliot Dudik and presented as a 30-foot-long, hand-bound accordion with an enclosed saddle-stitched zine and essay by art historian Catherine Wilkins, Ph.D., University of South Florida, the limited edition of 150 copies is printed on digital offset, covered in a foil-stamped cloth, and comes housed in a clear Mylar sleeve, also foil stamped. As the book is removed from its sleeve, the foil stamps mimic the passage of the moon in front of the sun.
One Day Projects was established in 2015 by Eliot Dudik and Jared Ragland. ODP has produced three books, And light followed the flight of sound (2018), or give me death (2016), and bras-coupé (2015). Projects have been exhibited at the Phoenix Museum of Art, Candela Gallery and Books, and Griffn Museum of Photography and are in the collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Phoenix Museum of Art, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, The College of William & Mary, and New Orleans’ Contemporary Art Center.