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Sunshine Terrace
Emily Shur


144 Pages
Full Color Offset
7.5” x 9.5”
ISBN: 978-1-952523-24-3

Through the pages of Sunshine Terrace, it is a strange, askew domesticity that first strikes us.

It is the red eyes of a garage gate, a crooked tree growing over patchwork gravel beds, abandoned shopping carts, a strange triangular decoration, like a semblance of an imaginary map that one cannot read. These are the signs to be deciphered of a deliberately emptied residential area, whose human presence remains elusive, but whose inevitable markers we recognize: the stucco and asphalt surfaces, the chain-link fences and bodywork, the bursts of greenery, too.

Turning her lens towards her own neighborhood, perched between the expanses of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, Emily Shur adopts the figure of the walking photographer, focusing her gaze on this familiar place in which she precisely frames surfaces, colors and light in a true compositional pleasure, where forms respond to each other with a discreet humor. Sunshine Terrace is a portrait of a place seen through a slightly slanted, slightly diverted gaze, delighting in the details and oddities encountered during a navigation giving prominence to serendipity.

Emily Shur is a prominent fine-art, editorial and advertising photographer, currently living in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Time Magazine and she published her first monograph, Super Extra Natural, in 2017. She has been exhibited at London’s National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Hirshhorn Museum, ICP, The Smithsonian Museum of American History, and is held in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sunshine Terrace is her first publication with Deadbeat Club.