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from Between experience and the lens – A record of Anthromes in 18 volumes of photographs and discrete poems.

About Pocket Knife Press (Christopher Davenport)

I use film, photography, handmade paper, and the artist book to create  Documents of Time, Place, Wilderness, and Formative Ecology.

As a teaching artist, I lead courses in: Documentary Photography, Image and Identity, The Art of Protest, Film and the Environment, and Environmental Research & Advocacy at The University of Alabama and Book Arts, Art & Ecology, Drawing, 2D and 4D Design (time-based contemporary art) at The University of Alabama in Birmingham.

My current work/projects is centered on Ecology; Themes of Endurance, Place, and Time; and the Power of Collective Experience:

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Starting Here (0 to 100): On November 7, 2016, I began documenting my journey towards running 100 miles in a day in Southeastern Forest through Photographs, Film, and the Artist Book.  On trail and off, this year long passage of Endurance and Spirit continues to Deepen into an ongoing Document of Place, Ecology, and our Collective Time and Experiences in and with Remaining Wilderness in an effort to raise awareness for Preservation.

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In Light of the New Wilderness: Place and Recognition of time lost, reordered and gained anew in photographs and sound.

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The Annotated Bibliography of Clear Cutting,  is an ongoing, forest habitat focused, interdisciplinary ecological database of clear cutting and deforestation.  This compilation of user submitted site photographs, GPS coordinates, satellite images, maps, and physical descriptions will be available to researchers as a searchable database to facilitate carbon projections, rates of deforestation, levels of mono-cultured areas, and landscape changes for given areas and regions.

This past spring I taught artist books, paper, and printing at the Penland School of Craft and assisted the  Southern Environmental Law Center’s Southern Exposure Environmental Film Project in selecting film topics.

My work has been cited at National and International Book Arts, Ecology, and Library and Information Science conferences as examples of place-based representations of information science, ecology, education, sociology, geography, and social and cultural issues and data. I have presented my photographs, artist books, films, and research at national and international conferences held, among others, at Yale University, The University of Utah, The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and The University of Alabama.   My photographs, films, and artist books are in public and private collections in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Christopher Davenport

MFA in the Books Arts

The University of Alabama

artandecology@pocketknifepress.com

Represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LLC

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1 Comment

  1. I never really thought about the process of making books before, I guess I always just assumed they were factory produced like so much else is now. I think its neat that you are still making real art out of it. Thanks!

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