It’s a fine feat to turn books into sculpture, but artist Thomas Allen takes this one step further, with fascinating results. He cuts people and things out of old pulp fiction novels, kids books and anatomy textbooks and reassembles them into a scene. He then photographs them using dramatic and dynamic lighting, perspective and depth of field to create a completely new and unexpected narrative. Allen describes his photos as “dames, dicks, and deadbeats ‘cut loose’ from the covers of vintage paperbacks to mix it up for the camera, blending pulp with pop-up, dime novel with diorama, and illustration with illusion.” Above ‘Maneater’ (2006).
Photo Illustration for The Wall Street Journal