Edition of 1000
235 x 320 mm
Nestled within the redwood forests of Monte Rio, northern California, sits Bohemian Grove, a 2,700-acre retreat owned by the exclusive gentlemen’s San Francisco Bohemian Club, founded in 1872. Every summer, the retreat is frequented by the political and business elite of the US. Shrouded in secrecy, the activities at the grove have become the subject of countless conspiracy theories and rumours. In 2000, Alex Jones, the founder of infowars, broke into the encampment in an attempt to ‘expose the new world order’ and filmed the Cremation of Care, a theatrical ceremony in which an effigy of the members’ ‘worldly cares’ is burnt. Beyond inspiring a bizarre attack on Bohemian Grove by a masked vigilante calling himself the Phantom Patriot in 2002, the release of the video footage, set within an alarmist context, was instrumental in increasing Jones’ profile as a far-right activist and subsequently springboarded infowars to become an influential outlet of fake news in recent US politics. In ‘Parliament of Owls’, Jack Latham explores the effects that a vacuum of information can cause. Please note, the foot edge of this book is trimmed in such a way that alternate spreads of the book remain closed at the bottom. This is not a fault in production but an intentional aspect of the book design.
About the Artist
Jack Latham is a photographer and film-maker based in the UK. He is the author of several photobooks, A Pink Flamingo (2015), Sugar Paper Theories (2016), Parliament of Owls (2019) & Latent Bloom (2020). His work has featured in a number of solo shows which include, Reykjavik Museum of Photography, TJ Boulting Gallery and the Royal Photographic Society. Latham’s projects have also gone on to win multiple awards including the Bar-Tur Photobook award (2015), Image Vevey – Heidi.News Prize (2019) and BJP International Photography Award (2019). He is also a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University of the West of England.
About the Publisher
Originally founded in 2011 by Harry Hardie and Ben Weaver, Here Press is an independent publishing platform, directed by Ben Weaver since 2017. Here Press collaborates closely with artists to explore the use of photography in book form.