Hearts and Bones (Hardcover)

A Retrospective of Tom Chambers' Photomontage Art

By Tom Chambers

Unicorn Publishing Group, 9781911604211, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2018

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Winner of the 2019 Le Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3) Book/Monograph Silver Award

For over twenty-five years Tom Chambers has been telling stories through photomontages. These stunning images, blending the everyday with the fantastic, are inspired largely by travel in places as varied as American west, New England, Mexico, Italy, and Iceland. Chambers uses photomontage to present unspoken stories that illustrate fleeting moments in time and are known for being extremely evocative, eliciting feelings ranging from tranquility to turbulence—and all the points in between. Through his intentional use of magical realism, Chamber’s photomontages look believable, but improbable. Each, in fact, has been carefully constructed, using both planned images and ones that unexpectedly enhance the story he wishes to tell. Through such techniques Chambers moves beyond documentation of the present in order to fuse reality and fantasy into musings about the possibilities of the future.
Hearts and Bones is the first comprehensive collection of Chambers's work. More than one hundred color photomontages are included in this volume, spanning his entire career.

About the Author

Tom Chambers was raised on a farm in the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Since 1998 he has devoted himself to photomontage, influenced by national and international travel, music, literature, and the art genre of magic realism. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Praise For Hearts and Bones: A Retrospective of Tom Chambers' Photomontage Art

"Ethereal and surreal, Tom Chambers's photomontages 'tell unfinished stories' about childhoods in flux, gasping ecologies, and unfinished fantasies. . . . His vibrant single final frames twist storybook notions into spectral scenes--in which rowboats are moored in fallow fields, their occupants waiting for the tides to turn, or in which girls in gowns twist up in lights, read to fawns, or offer themselves up to the sky. Animal life is ever-present: communing with the young, pushing on through damaged landscapes, and--at times, it seems--waiting to take over. . . . These are images worth puzzling through, whose lovely, otherworldly suggestions promise to bleed past their edges and into your dreams."

— Foreword Reviews

"Over one hundred full-page, high-quality reproductions that display [Chambers's] subtle mastery of color as well as his seamless blending of the real and the unreal. . . . Instead of conjuring visions that are beyond belief or comically absurd, he injects a drop of magic into everyday reality, creating scenes that are improbable, and often disquieting, but not impossible."

— Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism

"The figures in Tom Chambers’ photomontaged images do inexplicable things under cloudy skies. [They] display a great range in both setting and activity, but every one exudes a sense of magic."

— Santa Fe New Mexican

"Venturing through the struggles of youth, homages to Biblical themes, and striking environment portraits, are the Hearts and Bones of Tom Chambers’ hauntingly gorgeous work. . . . Chambers’ photography captures the nostalgia of bedtime stories while reflecting the social commentary of our current state of being. He challenges the eye by bending the laws of nature and its surrealism."

— Musée Magazine