Found Photos Inspire Novel

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Book Cover of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The buzz in the world of Young Adult fiction is currently around a book whose characters are inspired by flea-market photography
 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, whose aesthetic looks like it’s Lemony Snicket for teenagers, was partly inspired by the author’s love for found photography. Happening on fascinating but rather creepy photos of kids at markets Riggs’ editor suggested these images could inform a book.

 

The LA Times’ Deborah Netburn, who talked to Riggs, writes, “really great found photography is hard to come by, so Riggs started contacting the big guns in the found photography world, including Robert E. Jackson, a collector whose photos were featured in a show at the National Gallery. Jackson and others opened up their archives to Riggs and allowed him to borrow whatever images he needed (a list of images and the collections they are from are in the back of his book).  After looking at close to a 100,000 photos, he eventually amassed a pool of 300 to 400 usable pictures and whittled that down to the 44 images he used in the book.”

 

Images are more often used as illustration in fiction, it’s an art form in itself and it’s a wonder they are often not more used to generate and inspire stories. Perhaps the attention received by Ransom Riggs will inspire publishers to have another look at this underexploited art form.

 

Download and read first two chapters of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

For an Interview with Robert E. Jackson at The Design Observer

Thanks LA Times

 

 

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