March 14, 2014 5:48 pm

‘III’ (2014), by Robin Maddock

The British photographer previously known for colour documentary has spent the past two years in Los Angeles capturing three unusual subjects: a casually dropped ping-pong ball, a solitary sheet of white paper and puddles of spilled milk

Equipped with a 35mm Leica camera and black-and-white film, the British photographer Robin Maddock, previously known for colour documentary photography, has spent the past two years in Los Angeles capturing three unusual subjects: a casually dropped ping-pong ball, a solitary sheet of white paper and puddles of spilled milk.

“California has a different light. I was inspired by the streets of LA, which are so well-known throughout 20th-century photography,” says Maddock. “I wanted to explore the exactness of the photographic moment; simple picture-taking with simple equipment.” Described by its publisher Trolley Books as “a pictorial riddle of small interventions”, III, a book of Maddock’s LA photographs, was published this week.

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