In Nick Haymes’ Zoloto, there exists the brutal honesty about family life. The images present themself as a challenge to the assumption that familial life should be rendered perfect in photographic albums—unblemished and idealized. Here exists a veristic reality that combines both the highs and lows; the picturesque and perverse; the sublime and the banal.
Zoloto, the Russian word for gold (observed by Haymes through his interactions with his Russian in-laws), reflects his affections for his family life—however unhinged it may appear. Childish revelry soon turns to a bloodied nose, which with time returns again to revelry. Through Haymes’ unflinching gaze, the experiences of childhood and adolescence are defined with unusual clarity and savage beauty. Zoloto’s sequence details an intimate narrative of this complex inner world, as Haymes’ images are at once a combination of both the documentary and the staged, employing tableaux to further reveal the intimacies of childhood life.
Nick Haymes was born in Stratford Upon Avon, England, and lives and works in New York City. Zoloto is his second book, having published Between Dog and Wolf with Nieves Books in 2007. Haymes has had several solo exhibitions, including XIV at New York’s Blackston Gallery in 2004, and Familiar at the Journal Gallery in 2006.
300 total edition run, signed and numbered
Limited edition (10) with 10×8 print
COVER: 160gsm Naturalis Matt Absolute White,
PAGES: Mohawk Uncoated 148GSM.
Perfect bound with florescent 5th color on cover