Hardcover in cardboard slipcase, riveted binding, unpaginated, 28 x 24 cm.
Edition of 300. Signed and numbered.
“TOM is a book about obsession, mine and someone's else's. We watch over the shoulder of he who once watched over other shoulders”, explains Doug Rickard. Drawing its name from that of a peeping tom, TOM is a series of images made by one or several still unknown photographers : stolen images of women walking in the streets of 1960s Los Angeles. A reminder that “Big Brother” is still and always watching us, even more so today than in the 60's, when these images were made.
"It is now about layers and invasion. With our fingers, our minds and our eyes, we can invade and we can commandeer, we can control and we can portray. We can accumulate, we can manipulate, we can sift, absorb and we can spit back out." Rickard insists that nowadays, no one, or even no nation, is immune from violation. "Big Brother is here to stay. It is embedded into our own fingertips and who we choose to watch, and it is embedded in the fingertips of those above, those who watch us. It is embedded into all of us," he relates. "The web, its glorious power, and its private destructions are here to stay."