Lisa Elmaleh’s Everglades Limited Collector’s Edition Box, an edition of 10, includes a signed copy of Everglades, and an 8″x10” silver gelatin contact print hand-printed by Elmaleh. This collaborative project has brought together Richmond, Virginia artisans, Kugo Laser (wood burning and laser engraving) and Zietz Furniture (design and fine wood working) to create an exquisite presentation box worthy of the photobook inside. The box reflects the artistic aesthetic of Everglades with unbleached canvas, unstained oak wood, and a minimal design. Inside the box, the silver gelatin print is presented in clear archival mylar that is held by two Deardorff ground glass clips – a nod to Elmaleh’s own large format camera. Each box has unique variations in the wood grain indicative of the hand-made process, and each of the 10 silver gelatin prints presents a different image from the book.
Lisa Elmaleh’s work is an exploration of rural America. Using a portable darkroom in the back of her truck, Elmaleh photographs using the nineteenth century wet plate collodion process. Elmaleh is a West Virginia based photographer and educator, teaching at the School of Visual Arts and the Penumbra Foundation in New York City. She has been awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF Grant, PDN’s 30, the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, the Tierney Fellowship, and The Everglades National Park Artist Residency. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently featuring her American Folk project as a solo show at the Appalachian Center, Berea College in Kentucky, and her Everglades project in a group show, Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades at the Norton Museum. Elmaleh’s work is in the collection of the Norton Museum, the Ogden Museum, and other private collections.