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105 Artists' Hands : Touch Tell Create

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A book of my photographs of artists' hands - 105 Artists' Hands: Touch Tell Create - is being published in July this year by Peculiarity Press, an independent micro publisher specialising in art books. Design by Jane Glennie.
At the heart of the book are 105 photographs of artists' hands that I made between 2018 and 2020.
I find hands fascinating - as individual and as expressive as faces. To take the photographs, I met artists at exhibitions, in their homes and studios, or in parks and online during lockdown - seeing their latest work, catching up on news, eating and drinking, and, on one occasion, swimming in the sea.
In this book, the artists themselves write about their hands, lives and work; they make clear the close and complex relationships of artists' hands to their hearts, minds and eyes. In addition, there are entertainments, essays, stories, poems, and picture projects - all about hands - by over thirty of the artists.
To buy a copy of 105 Artists' Hands: Touch Tell Create (£20, including UK postage), go to Peculiarity Press.
Cally Trench, cover of 105 Artists' Hands
"The photographs are all so unique and convey a lot about the artist's practices and interests through their hands." (Rosina Godwin, Artist)
"What a wonderful collection of essays and photographs!" (Lydia Julien, Artist)
"105 Artists' Hands is a vivid, thought-provoking work, which challenges us to look at the world anew and to reassess how much our hands are part of us (or we just the extension of them). A book to hold on to. (Victoria Lambert, Education and Careers Editor for the Daily Telegraph and award-winning journalist). Read full review by Victoria Lambert
"Such a fascinating project about hands and creativity." (Salma Ahmad Caller, Artist)
"A really rich selection of actions and identities." (Annie Rapstoff, Artist)
"Cally's photographs are full of character, of the artist herself and of the artists whose hands she has photographed, and tell us something poignant, significant, and new about artists' hands." (Philip Lee, Artist)

Twenty of my 105 photographs of artists' hands are shown below.
Cally Trench, Hands of Julia Maddison with FRAGILE tape, 28th June 2020
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Hands of Julia Maddison with FRAGILE tape, 28th June 2020
Cally Trench, Hands of Daniel Wilson (Decreate), 25th June 2020
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Hands of Daniel Wilson (Decreate), 25th June 2020
Cally Trench, Hands of Alexandra Holownia (Alexandra Fly) with a Mrs Vagina shoe, 1st August 2020
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Hands of Alexandra Holownia (Alexandra Fly)
with a Mrs Vagina shoe, 1st August 2020
Cally Trench, Right hand of Susan Cunningham with 'Oracle' on The Rye, 9th October 2019
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Right hand of Susan Cunningham with 'Oracle' on The Rye,
9th October 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Mervyn Diese / Original Syna, 22nd July 2018
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Hands of Mervyn Diese / Original Syna, 22nd July 2018
Cally Trench, Hands of Afsoon with 'My Third Hand', 17th September 2019
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Hands of Afsoon with 'My Third Hand', 17th September 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Colin Gold with 'A Spiritual Journey through Rajasthan',<BR> 22nd June 2019
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Hands of Colin Gold with 'A Spiritual Journey through Rajasthan',
22nd June 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Neda Dana-Haeri, 22nd June 2019
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Hands of Neda Dana-Haeri, 22nd June 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Tilla Manya Chaya Crowne, 17th June 2019
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Hands of Tilla Manya Chaya Crowne, 17th June 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Ahmed Farooqui with Adiantum Pedatum, 16th June 2019
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Hands of Ahmed Farooqui with Adiantum Pedatum, 16th June 2019
Cally Trench, Hands (and feet) of Christina Lovey, 17th July 2019
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Hands (and feet) of Christina Lovey, 17th July 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Claire Deniau, 9th April 2019
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Hands of Claire Deniau, 9th April 2019
Cally Trench, Left hand of Cize One with 'Urban Authenticity' on the wall of Swanley Mills Tattoos, 27th April 2019
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Left hand of Cize One with 'Urban Authenticity' on the wall of
Swanley Mills Tattoos, 27th April 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Ann Rapstoff under water, 10th March 2019
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Hands of Ann Rapstoff under water, 10th March 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Tony Moody, 19th October 2018
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Hands of Tony Moody, 19th October 2018
Cally Trench, 'LES MAINS DE MOI' of Silvia Ziranek, 18th October 2018
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'LES MAINS DE MOI' of Silvia Ziranek, 18th October 2018
Cally Trench, Right hand of Paul Amey, 18th March 2019
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Right hand of Paul Amey, 18th March 2019
Cally Trench, Hands of Sumi Perera, 29th October 2018
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Hands of Sumi Perera, 29th October 2018
Cally Trench, Hands of Philip Lee, 8th May 2018
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Hands of Philip Lee, 8th May 2018
Cally Trench, Right hand of Andrea Robinson, 10th July 2019
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Right hand of Andrea Robinson, 10th July 2019

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