Phil's work, shot on 35mm and 120mm film, aims to confront the nostalgia built around what we culturally discard. In ‘I dreamed it was better than it was’, Phil explores the nostalgia of neglect and how we experience and remember these forgotten places in today’s digital age.
This book is simultaneously an ode to the shopping malls, cultural centers and physical structures that Phil grew up around and also a critique of the fact that some of our most precious memories are so deeply rooted in commerce - that we have more feelings associated with a store, than we sometimes do our fellow man.
Phil Donohue (b. 1983) is a filmmaker and photographer based in the greater Los Angeles area.
Photographs by Phil Donohue. Curated and designed by Mathea Millman with cover design by Sarah Bachman.
7.5 x 11 in