Teju Cole: Blind Spot

Teju Cole: Blind Spot

‘Every line in every poem is the orphaned caption of a lost photograph.’

Teju Cole is an artist whose work embraces ambiguity and enigma. We see this in his fiction (especially his acclaimed 2011 novel, Open City) and in his essays for the New YorkerWe see it in his photography columns for the New York Times and in his Twitter and Instagram storytelling experiments. It’s evident, too, in Cole’s absorbing new book combining photography and prose, Blind Spot.

Cole is based in New York, but Blind Spot brings together hundreds of photographs from his extensive travels across the globe – featuring scenes from Switzerland, Lebanon, Nigeria, Jamaica and across America. Each photograph is accompanied by Cole’s reflections in writing; short fragments that are lyrical, intriguing and oblique.

Here, Cole joins Anwen Crawford to discuss peripheral visions and artistic obsessions.


Portrait of Teju Cole

Teju Cole

Teju Cole is a critic, novelist, photographer, and the author of four books: Every Day is for the Thief (novella), Open City (novel), Known and Strange Things (essays) and Blind Spot (photography and text).

Portrait of Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford is a writer and critic. She is the music critic for the Monthly and the current Copyright Agency New Writer in Residence at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is the author of Live Through This (Bloomsbury, 2015) and is working on her second non-fiction book, Related Images, forthcoming from Giramondo. Her work has appeared in publications including Meanjin, Best Australian Essays and the New Yorker. 

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