Brad Temkin: The State of Water

“The State of Water is a physically striking volume, suggesting the monumental infrastructures many of the images depict.”

Steve Harp, PhotoBook Journal

BRAD TEMKIN brings attention to the visual and ecological beauty of the transformation of water, by showing the structures and processes that most people do not even think about. Most storm water runoff is considered waste; yet more than 700 cities reclaim and re-use wastewater and storm water with combined sewer systems, recycling it for agricultural uses and even drinking water. As we mimic nature and separate the impurities like sludge or salt or chemicals, a transformation occurs.

Temkin is less concerned with a structure’s use, or whether the water pictured is pure or waste. He is drawn instead to the strangeness of these forms and the distorted sense of scale. Moving beyond mere description, Temkin embraces the abstract and at times surreal landscape of water transformation.

Additional Information

Radius Books, 2019

Photography by Brad Temkin Interview by Anne Wilkes Tucker Hardcover 13 x 10 inches 148 pages / 70 images Trade ISBN: 9781942185550 Signed ISBN: 9781955161626