These works form part of the series “Revenants: Memories of Books.” In my role as photographer at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. I capture hundreds of images of the pages of each individual book every single day. As they are photographed, the books often shed bits and pieces of their bindings and flecks of paper from their brittle pages. I started documenting these bits and pieces within the course of my regular work day. At the end of a session, after I have photographed a book, I capture what remains on the bed of the copy stand before I sweep it up and dispose of the residue. These bits and pieces from rare and seminal works are at once precious and incidental. The resulting photographs leave the imagination open to both the presence and the absence of the object and in the process create abstract illusions.
Born in 1976, Meredith Miller lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree in Visual Art from the University of Chicago before earning an MFA in photography from Yale School of Art, where she also won the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize. She received an artist’s fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in 2006 and in 2012.Meredith currently works as a photographer at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and teaches at Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Yale School of Art where she was appointed lecturer in photography in 2013.