Looking For Alice is an award-winning project by British photographer Sian Davey, which tells the story of her daughter Alice and their family, and all the joys, tensions, ups and downs that go with the territory of being in a family. Trolley Books are proud to be publishing a beautiful photobook of the series, and are asking our supporters on Kickstarter to pre-order a copy of the book at a special price, or other pledges, to support its production and make it possible.
Running until Friday 2nd October, please take a look at our campaign on Kickstarter. Many thanks!
Alice was born with Down's Syndrome, but is no different to any other little girl or indeed human being. She feels what we all feel. Their family is also like many other families, and Sian's portraits of Alice and their daily life are both intimate and familiar. "My family is a microcosm for the dynamics occurring in many other families. The stories vary but we all experience similar emotions."
However despite the normality, the underlying fact is that society does not acknowledge Alice as such, and her very existence was given little or no value. Their journey as mother and daughter was not an instantly smooth and happy one either: "I was deeply shocked when Alice was born as an 'imperfect' baby. I was fraught with anxiety that rippled through to every aspect of my relationship with her. I saw that the responsibility lay with me; I had to dig deep into my own prejudices and shine a light on them. The result was that as my fear dissolved I fell in love with my daughter. We all did."
The book will have an introduction by David Chandler, renowned writer, editor and curator in the fields of contemporary photography and Professor in Photography at Plymouth University.
Looking For Alice will be a very special and beautiful book, and we will produce it to the highest quality and finish with a clothbound hardback cover and foil-blocking, and printed in Italy.
We aim to launch Looking For Alice this November during Paris Photo and then at The Photographers' Gallery, London. In the meantime thank you very much for your time and support!