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TIS Books Releases Latest Title by John Gossage

We’re thrilled to announce the TIS books publication of the latest title by John Gossage, a hero to all of us here. A Dozen Failures is both a singular statement as a photobook and a commentary on a life spent making some of the classic photobooks of our time, among them The Pond, There and Gone, The Romance Industry, and Berlin in the Time of the Wall.

Every photograph is in some way perfect (as a technical feat) and in another way a failure (as representational “residue”). So what makes a picture a “failure” – something worthy of further contemplation? It goes far deeper than merely being a mistake. Failures teach us about life and the self in ways as powerful as – and far more confoundingly than – successes. Or, as Gossage says, they show us “a love lost through lack of skill and misunderstanding.”

A Dozen Failures comprises 18 tritone plates and a fold-out tritone poster, and is now available on our website for immediate delivery. We even have a limited number of signed books. Advance copies sold quickly at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair this past weekend, so be sure to place your order soon.

As always, thanks for your support.

Carl, Nelson, and Tim of TIS books