Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America (2020)
Andrews McMeel PublishingAvailable for purchase HERE.
Based on her critically acclaimed exhibition, Major Arcana collects the work of photographer Frances F. Denny, who traveled around the U.S. photographing and interviewing a diverse group of people who identify as witches. This book is an exploration of contemporary witchery told through striking photographs and short, inspiring texts written by the subjects themselves. The volume includes a foreword by the “Terry Gross of witches,” Pam Grossman, and as well as a transcribed conversation between the author and curator Horace D. Ballard. From occultists and Neo-pagans, to herbalists and Wiccan High Priestesses, Denny’s portraits capture the face of modern American witchcraft and challenge our assumptions about who and what a witch really is.
Photography by Frances F. Denny
Foreword by Pam Grossman, Q & A with Horace D. Ballard
Clothbound with iridescent foil stamped cover / 7 x 10 inches
Publish date: 11/10/2020
Praise for Major Arcana:
"Like other portraitists, such as the contemporary Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra, or the twentieth-century German master August Sander, Denny captures her subjects suspended delicately between performativity and naturalism. These self-identified witches are positioning themselves before us, fully conscious of our eye, and Denny is allowing them a lovely three-dimensionality." – The New Yorker
“…‘MAJOR ARCANA: Witches in America’ is more than a snapshot of fringe counterculture characters. Denny privileges the women themselves over their practices—their occult considerations are only part of their identities. Whatever the roots and shapes of their particular beliefs, Denny’s subjects are part of a growing feminist resistance to the patriarchal politics that lurk just outside of her frames. Not only does Denny subvert tired witch tropes, she undercuts more widespread misogynistic views, as well…As Denny further dissects the subject, she enlarges our ideas of what it means to be a woman living in America today.” – Artsy