The shadow of a tree in upstate New York. A hotel room in Switzerland. A young stranger in the Congo. In Blind Spot, readers will follow Teju Cole´s inimitable artistic vision into the visual realm, as he continues to refine the voice and intellectual obsessions that earned him such acclaim for Open City. In more than 150 pairs of images and surprising, lyrical text, Cole explores his complex relationship to the visual world through his two great passions: writing and photography. Blind Spot is a testament to the art of seeing by one of the most powerful and original voices in contemporary literature.
With few exceptions, the photos here memorialise such items, ostensibly common things made radiant by the quality of Cole's looking ... A master . In this new, luminous book, Cole shows himself to be really one of the best at seeing. The Guardian
Teju Cole is the author of Every Day Is for the Thief, Open City, and Known and Strange Things. His honours include the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the New York City Book Award, and the Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction.His photography has been widely exhibited, and he is the Photography Critic of The New York Times Magazine