Hired Hand is a book featuring four artists. Bea Fremderman, Ingo Mittelstaedt, Athena Torri and 2007 Photo Art alumni Stuart Bailes. It is one of 20 books that have been shortlisted for the 2012 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards in the First Photobook category.
'It can be difficult to create a book that brings together the work of four distinct artists -and a few stock images for good measure- without loosing coherence. This book is beautifully designed and edited to create what the publisher calls "a softspoken picture poem in which brute force and a slight caress suggest an undefined plot." Via the careful selection of materials and pacing within the pages, Hired Hand successfully hybridizes the physical object of the book with the vocabulary and pacing of a Tumblr feed.'