In the spirit of Mr Stanford’s wish that the cameras keep rolling and the action never stops, two years after the doors of Temple Studios first opened for The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, Punchdrunk release their first ever book; a collection of extraordinary images by renowned interiors photographer Julian Abrams capturing the world of the show and its inhabitants.
The Drowned Man, Punchdrunk’s biggest show to date, was seen by over 200,000 people during its year long run. Inspired by Büchner’s fractured masterpiece Woyzeck, the production took place in a large building in Paddington transformed into a seedy Hollywood underworld filled with dreamers from the fringes of the movie industry.
Published to create a lasting memory of Temple Studios, the new hardback book, which will be 330mm x 280mm, will feature over 130 full colour and never before published photographs taken in the final few months before the doors of the studios closed forever.
It will be released in June as a Limited First Edition print run to celebrate the anniversary of the show. Pre-order copies of the book: http://www.tdmbook.bigcartel.com/
Working in close collaboration with Punchdrunk, photographer Julian Abrams has perfectly captured the otherworldly aesthetic of Temple Studios in his strikingly cinematic images. Specialising in photography for interiors and architecture, Abrams has a passion for light that evolved from a love of shooting nocturnal landscapes. Working with key architectural lighting practices he has developed a specialist technique which allows him to shoot projects without additional lighting. This technique has enabled him to capture the atmospheric worlds created by Punchdrunk like never before.
Led by Felix Barrett, Punchdrunk is the internationally acclaimed theatre company whose previous award-winning productions include Faust, The Masque of the Red Death, Tunnel 228, It Felt Like A Kiss, The Duchess of Malfi, Sleep No More and The Crash of the Elysium. Their current New York show Sleep No More won a 2011 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and a Special Citation For Design And Choreography at the 2010-11 Obie Awards.
The new book The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable will be published as a landscape hardback with debossed cover. The book is priced £49 + delivery – and as a self-published title, is available to buy at http://www.tdmbook.bigcartel.com/
Monday 27th April 2015