Visitor by Ofer Wolberger

Review by Larissa Leclair

As part of the Photographic Book Project, Visitor is the eighth book in what will be a collection of twelve self-published artist books by New York-based photographer Ofer Wolberger. Beginning in 2010, Wolberger started the ambitious project of creating one book a month. So far, starting with the first book, the Photographic Book Project includes Star Quality, New Breed, Town, Jewels & Fur, Stay, Covers, Germs, and now Visitor. That exhausting pace has slowed a bit but not his creative output, with this last book being one of my favorites. Visitor is a collection of security camera photographs, the type of small black and white photos necessary on some visitor ID badges to government buildings, enlarged to double-page spread size. The beauty of this book is the subtlety in the face of the red stripe that runs down the gutter, deceivingly and blatantly marking the secret. It is only when the unbound book is taken apart do we see the true full photograph and realize we have just flipped through brilliantly fabricated book spreads.