Like a slightly twisted version of something Hallmark might produce, NYC photographer Kent Rogowski's new book, simply titled Bears, is a series of portraits featuring teddybears that have been turned inside out and re-stuffed shot "Avedon-style" (as the book's publisher Sara Rosen put it) . The effectâ€”bears that are distorted, lumpy and totally bizarre lookingâ€”is as creepy as it is compelling. Rife with nostalgia and allusions to consumerism, childhood and sentimentality, among other heady topics, Bears, like any monograph becomes a meditation on its subject.
Due out May 2007, you can pre-order from Amazon. For a limited edition version that includes a signed and numbered print, see the Bears site.