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American Backyard
Elliot Ross

American Backyard, Elliot Ross & Genevieve Allison

American Backyard, Elliot Ross & Genevieve AllisonAmerican Backyard
Elliot Ross
Gnomic Book

Text by Genevieve Allison.


Edition of 750
144 pages
215 x 270 mm
ISBN 9781733887700


When Elliot Ross and Genevieve Allison traveled the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border it was the spring of 2017. The post-election climate had presented a stark new context for looking at cultural and political difference in the United States — and so many of these fragmenting narratives had found expression in the border wall debate.

About the Artists
Elliot Ross (b. 1990) is a Taiwanese-American photographer based in Colorado. Ross’s practice is centered on human relationships with the land and defined by an uncanny intimacy with his subjects. Through his sprawling projects, Ross investigates how landscapes–both natural and artificial–shape community and culture. His ongoing works examine: relationships to water in the American West, the dynamism of the Anthropocene, how indigenous communities on the frontlines of climate change are confronting a loss of home through self-determination, and how national borders both shape and divide identity. Aesthetically, Ross’s decade-long training under portrait artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Mark Seliger, has informed a classically rooted and technically rigorous approach to his craft. His work has been widely published, with notable print features in National Geographic, TIME, The New York Times and The New Yorker. The National Geographic Society named Ross a National Geographic Explorer in 2019 for his ongoing documentary work in indigenous Alaska. In May of 2019, Ross published his second book with the imprint Gnomic Book titled American Backyard and a third titled Good Grace is due in 2024 as part of an anthology in collaboration with M12 Studio. Ross is currently a Ted Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Fellow at The Center for Contemporary Documentation.

Genevieve Allison is a Brooklyn based artist and writer whose work deals with issues of environment, landscape, community and art. She holds an MFA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is a contributor to Artforum, Aperture and Vice Magazine, in addition other print and online publications.

About the Publisher
Gnomic Book is an independent fine art imprint founded in 2016 and based in Portland, OR, with a focus on developing provocative projects in high-quality editions that explore the notion of book as object. Three Gnomic projects have been shortlisted for the Aperture / Paris Photo First Book Awards, and all of our books, present and future, are collected by the MoMA Library.