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Typhoon / Stephen Dupont
Bib ID 6611218
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Dupont, Stephen, 1967- photographer
Printer Sydney : [Momento]
Description [Austinmer, NSW] : Stephen Dupont, 2014 
158 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 43 cm x 41 m (double sided horizontal concertina, folded to 43 x 51.3 cm, in clamshell box 45 x 55 x 7 cm) 

Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, killing over six thousand people when it devastated the Philippines on 8 November 2003. This artist's book of black and white reportage photographs by the Australian photojournalist Stephen Dupont records the aftermath of the typhoon in the form of a horizontal concertina (intended to be viewed as a series of four panels). Many of the images are panoramas that depict scenes of near total destruction that Dupont (in reflective text from his journals) likens to the apocalyptic aftermath of a nuclear explosion. He arrived in Guiuan, in Eastern Samar, the point of Haiyan's first landfall, on 19 November and from 22-25 November moved on to Anibong in Tacloban City, Leyte Island, where three large tanker ships were swept inland, wiping out an entire neighbourhood. However amongst the scenes of human tragedy and devastation, from the opening image of a neatly handwritten wall chart providing an overview of the disaster in the emergency operations centre (in one of the few buildings left standing) to the final surreal image of a boy venturing out to sea beyond the debris in the foreground (using an upturned refrigerator as a canoe, and his thongs as paddles), there is a strong sense of survival, recovery and life getting back to normal.


Limited edition of 5 copies plus 2 artist's proof copies.

National Library's SR copy is the first AP copy and is signed and dated by the photographer.

Printed digitally by Momento with an Epson 4900 inkjet printer on 100% duo cotton rag paper supplied in 15 metre rolls.


Accordion fold binding. Front and back boards covered in heavy matte black paper, with clamshell box covered in the same material. Title handwritten by the artist with a brush, then printed with glossy black foil stamping on front board, box lid and spine. 

Subjects Dupont, Stephen -- Travel -- Pictorial works.  |  Typhoons -- Philippines -- Pictorial works.  |  Natural disasters -- Philippines -- Pictorial works.  |  Documentary photography -- Philippines.  |  Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Guiuan (Philippines) -- Pictorial works.  |  Tacloban (Philippines) -- Pictorial works.  |  Australian


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