By Janet Alexander –Photos by Eddy Segal.
Published and released in 2011, Tomorrow All the Candy Goes on Sale captures a particular place and time in the lives of both its subjects and author, Eddy Segal. “Moments of true intimacy are as fleeting as the youth of the subjects photographed in this book,” and Eddy herself, as it were, who was just eighteen when she left her family’s horse farm in the Poconos and decided to photograph her experience of New York’s nightlife.
Eddy’s start in photography began with a false start in painting at Fordham University, as she explains, “I had the worst painting teacher my first year of college, and realizing I would have to study with him pushed me into a different artistic focus.” The result of her three year visual study is a direct reflection of her combined degree in anthropology and visual art. Having inherited her first camera–a Minolta–at the age of fifteen from her mother, it would seem Eddy was predisposed to photography as a kind of hereditary trait.
She opted to use a 4×5 Toyo, considering, “an iPhone can shoot photos as beautiful as any 35mm,” and adds, “I found a reason to champion film in large format and in bizarre darkroom printing processes.” For Eddy, her 60-page book is a living record of life as performance, admitting, “there’s a crazy story attached to every corner of these photographs.” And for those who are quick to call Tomorrow just another “nightlife photography” series, Eddy openly rejects the categorization, “I hope its soul resonates stronger than that; it’s about living in a world on-camera and self-creation.”
As for its curious title, “it was a phrase I used in an e-mail to a professor; an ill-fitting name can curse a project.” Needless to say, this hasn’t been the case for Eddy. Going forward, Eddy’s first book has taught her an important lesson, “take less photos, take better photos.” And we look forward to seeing each and every one of them.
See a preview of Eddy’s book at: http://www.blurb.com/books/2324492