The Epilogue (2014, Dewi Lewis)

This book is part of the The Epilogue project

“A masterpiece of a photobook”

Jörg Colberg, CPH Magazine

This is the story of the Robinson family – and the aftermath suffered in losing their 26 year old daughter to bulimia. Working closely with the family Laia Abril reconstructs Cammy’s life telling her story through flashbacks – memories, testimonies, objects, letters, places and images. The Epilogue gives voice to the suffering of the family, the indirect victims of ‘eating disorders’, the unwilling eyewitnesses of a very painful degeneration.

The Epilogue shows us the dilemmas and struggles confronted by many young girls; the problems families face in dealing with guilt and the grieving process; the frustration of close friends and the dark ghosts of this deadliest of illnesses; all blended together in the bittersweet act of remembering a loved one.

Laia Abril has been working on projects concerned with what she refers to as the ‘world epidemic of eating disorders’ since 2010. A Bad Day is a multimedia piece attempting to demystify the taboos of bulimia: Thinspiration a fanzine analyzing the new visual language of pro-anorexia advocates. In The Epilogue she draws her work to a conclusion.

“…a dense and rewarding evocation of grief, survival and the still-raw trauma of a family coming to terms with the loss of their most troubled loved one.” 

Sean O’Hagan, The Guardian 

Shortlisted for Paris Photo/Aperture PhotoBook Awards 2014

2014 Best Photobook of the year according to:
Simon Bainbridge, editor BJP, Jörg Colberg, Conscientious, Remi Coignet, Le Monde blog, Tim Clark, 1000 words / AN, Douglas Stockdale, Carlos Spottorno, Cristina de Middel, Markus Schaden in photo-eye’s annual list, Tom Claxton, Claxton Projects, The Editorial team at LensCulture, James Welford, Peter van Agtmael, Alessia Glaviano, James Estrin and Chiara Bardelli Nonino in Vogue Italia, Peter Lindhorst, Photo News, Germany, Cheryl Newman, The Telegraph, Marcin Grabowiecki, Fotopolis.

196 pages, 114 colour and duotone plates
245mm x 188mm
Language: ENG
ISBN: 978-1-911306-24-5
Published by Dewi Lewis Publishing