Studio Elana Schlenker

Wood River Blue Pool books

This two book set feature the work of Jo Ann Walters alongside newly-commissioned texts. Wood River Blue Pool offers Walters’ portraits of women, girls and families in and around her hometown of Alton (and similar milieu stretching from Minnesota to Mississippi) in the late 1980s and 1990s, with an essay by Laura Wexler placing them in dramatic dialogue with the history of racist violence that undergirds the social landscape of these subjects’ lives. A companion text, Blue Pool Cecilia by Emma Kemp, is equal parts travelogue, true crime drama and artist’s portrait.

Photographs by Jo Ann Walters

Text by Laura Wexler and Emma Kemp

Published by Image Text Ithaca

Printed by Ofset Yapimevi


2018 Art Book Foil stamp Green Hardcover Image Text Ithaca Jo Ann Walters Literature Ofset Yapimevi Photography


👯 Shortlisted for the Paris Photo/Aperture's 2018 Photobook Awards! 👯


The New Yorker Photo Booth reviews Wood River Blue Pool.