Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson
Portraits by Waiters
Oslo, Norway: Multinational Enterprises, 2013
110 pp., 15 x 20 cm., softcover
Edition of 250
56 colour portraits of the artist taken by waiters and waitresses during an eight-week residency in Cologne, Germany. Every evening Jóhannsson, in a variety of resteraunts, cafes and dining halls, would ask the server to take his photograph. Each spread contains the record of one night, typically with a single image, but periodically with two - if the waiter felt another shot was necessary.
A text by Sara Rundgren Yazdani (unbound, included as a laminated card) discusses the project as an attempt to reverse the role of the artist and the sitter, and to remove authorship from the work. Indeed, Jóhannsson's name appears neither on the cover, title page nor spine of the book, only in a 10pt font on the otherwise blank verso.
The book is available here for $30.00.