JAMES REID-CUNNINGHAM
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Dead Doors documents an abandoned warehouse in the Docklands district of Dublin. The long low red brick building once housed a series of factories and businesses, all closed in the postwar decline of the economy of the port.

I was at first attracted to the structure by the series of doors that stretched around the side of the building from the River Liffey. No two doors were alike. Each door was built differently, of varying materials, obviously during successive periods of the building's long life. The doors were now boarded up, and each had been closed off in a different way, suggesting that the building had been abandoned slowly, one section at a time.

Each door is a portal to an obscure past.

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The photographs in Dead Doors were taken during the summer of 2000.

Dead Doors was composed with QuarkXPress and printed during the winter of 2001.

The text of Dead Doors was printed in Palatino on Frankfurt White paper using a Hewlett Packard Laserjet 4M printer. The illustrations were printed on Epson Photo Paper using an Epson Stylus Color 760.

Dead Doors was printed in an edition of six copies, all sheets loose.

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Original edition of Dead Doors.

Loose sheets housed in a box made from Barcham Green cover stock.
Fishskin pull titled “Dead Doors” in pink metallic foil.
Suminagashi slipcase.

7 3.4” x 5 3/8” x 1/2”. 19.6 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm.

Created in 2001.

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Design binding on copy #1 of Dead Doors.

Full alum-tawed calfskin binding with shaped boards.
Alum-tawed skin colored with brazilwood.
Individual text pages and photographs hinged with Roma paper.
Metallic-flecked black Japanese paper flyleaves and pastedowns.
Sewn in a long stitch with purple linen thread.
Tooled in gold and metallic foils, and in blind.
Signed in gold on the inside lower cover.
Four-flap enclosure covered in purple kyosei-shi and silver metallic paper.

7 5/8” x 6 1/4” x 5/8”. 19.6 x 13.7 x .5 cm.

Bound in 2001.

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