“This series of ammunition cross-sections was photographed inside a WWII bunker in Switzerland in October of 2012. The entire series consists of 900 specimen. I was originally intrigued by the ambiguous nature of the subject matter. The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It’s a representation of the evil and the beautiful, a reflection of the human condition.”
Lolita is a phantom in Humbert’s fever dream; the girl, Dolores Haze, whom she resembles, is the frail, vulnerable child Humbert’s obsession burns away. This same distinction has also haunted cover artists. Which do you choose to represent? The imaginary nymphet, the victim, the nymphomaniac, or something in between? Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl is a new book that explores this dilemma. The volume contains numerous essays by book designers, artists, and Nabokov scholars discussing the representations and misrepresentations that have graced the cover of Lolita ever since its original publication.