Rachel Phillips  |  Intrepid Girl Photographer

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Bay-Area artist Rachel Phillips is Intrepid Girl Photographer, a fictional heroine of an imaginary series of eponymous paperbacks penned by an invented author that Phillips named Tabatha Misty. The series riffs on pulp and detective fiction, as well as the vocabulary and tropes of photography, to create an alternative feminist footnote to the history of a medium in which women photographers are too often only notable exceptions to the rule. Each book in the series is a vintage paperback mystery novel by Agatha Christie to which Phillips adheres newly made, yet carefully distressed, front and back covers. The covers are crafted from an extensively researched collection of design elements combined with original photographs and vintage illustrations. The covers play with the history of photography, utilizing traditional presentations and methods of the medium dating back to the 19th century, poking fun, creating puns and engaging contemporary audiences with her fictional heroine series, Intrepid Girl Photographer.

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