Upland, by Scott Kiernan and Ethan Miller, 2016, hardbound book, 72 pgs.

Upland  is constructed solely of image & headline pairs as they originally appeared in The Upland News in 1969-72, a newspaper circular from the small Southern California town of Upland, CA. Think of a local, cheaply printed circular with a hefty coupon section in the back complete with small-town stories and the reporting to match. It's the type of quick read destined to be the lining of a birdcage but also a relic of printed disposable media, something increasingly relegated to the past.

However, Google's Newspaper Project saw fit to bulk scan and archive "The Upland News" alongside such better known papers as The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Their process however disfigured and destroyed much of the imagery through compression algorithms and physical speed of bulk-scanning fragile newsprint material. This rapid digitization generated disruptions and visual collapses of foreground and background. The Upland News stands out in particular for the editorial oddity and pointed captioning of its images, especially when removed from their original surrounding stories and content. In this new isolated form they take on new associations and syntactical context.

The selections were arranged by considering only the text of the image-headline pairs to create a poem describing an interior tale of Upland. The chance juxtaposition of imagery that results portrays a parallel embedded narrative.


Available for sale in New York City at artbook/SI at Swiss Institute/Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, and Pioneer Books and in L.A. at Ooga Booga