• S. Billie Mandle Reconciliation
  • S. Billie Mandle Reconciliation
  • S. Billie Mandle Reconciliation
  • S. Billie Mandle Reconciliation
  • S. Billie Mandle Reconciliation
  • S. Billie Mandle Reconciliation

S. Billie Mandle Reconciliation

For ten years S. Billie Mandle photographed confessionals throughout the United States. She visited churches in small towns and large cities, creating images that depict the visible – and invisible – traces of people, communities, histories and dogmas.
The images speak to the beliefs that define these dark rooms and shape this intimate yet institutional ritual. Photographing from the perspective of the penitent, she used a large format camera and available light, creating images that are more metaphorical than typological. As a queer woman raised Catholic, Mandle has long had a complex relationship to the Church; these photographs are part confession, part reconciliation.

»When you go to confession on a Saturday night, you go into a warm, dimly lit vastness, with the smell of wax and incense in the air, the smell of burning candles, and if it is a hot summer night there is the sound of a great electric fan, and the noise of the streets coming in to emphasize the stillness.«
– Excerpt from Confession from The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day


Hardcover 22,4 x 28 cm 104 pages 40 color illustrations English Available ISBN 978-3-86828-951-0 2020

Texts:

Dorothy Day, Kirstin Valdez Quade

Design:

Everything Studio

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