Independent Mysteries

Photographer Michael Magers shares images from his first monograph, Independent Mysteries, while writer Mitch Moxley reads an expanded version of his contribution to the project set to the ambient noise of a Japanese train station.

In the book, Mike exposes the persistent tension between connection and disconnection – a feeling of “intimate distance” he grappled with while traveling to places like Japan, Haiti, and Cuba for various assignments and personal projects. Drawing on nearly a decade of work, each image can be viewed as a film-still, with little context other than light brushes of human contact, fleeting intimacy, solitude and vulnerability.

“I asked a small group of artists and writers, all of whom were either directly or indirectly connected to these photos, to respond to the series and the emotions it evoked. Each contributor created an original poem, a monologue, a drawing, a short story, and helped, I think, to shift the work toward connection, rather than away from it.” The artists include Cuban musician Daymé Arocena, photographer Larry Fink, Japanese tattoo artist Horiren 1st , authors Matt Goulding and Mitch Moxley, and musician Matthew Shultz.

Drawing on nearly a decade of work, each image can be viewed as a film-still, with little context other than light brushes of human contact, fleeting intimacy, solitude and vulnerability.

A live reading took place at Fotografiska New York on February 2, 2020. Click below to watch.

To reserve your copy of Independent Mysteries from Mike Magers ($32) contact the Shop at Fotografiska New York: shop.ny@fotografiska.com. Hardcover book will ship after Fotografiska New York re-opens.

Independent Mysteries includes original art and compositions by a host of collaborators with whom Magers has worked over the years, including:

– Acclaimed Cuban musician Daymé Arocena
– Photographer Larry Fink
– Celebrated Japanese tattoo artist Horiren 1st
– Award-Winning authors Matt Goulding and Mitch Moxley
– Musician, poet and visual artist Matthew Shultz (lead singer of Cage The Elephant)
Independent Mysteries features design by Bonnie Briant, editorial by Nadine Barth and Claire Cichy of Hatje Cantz.