Image Title: 
Untitled 1968 [from 'The Somnambulist']
Image: 
Gibson-Shakely.jpg
Author's Last Name: 
Shakely
Author's First Name: 
Lauren
Photographer's Last Name: 
Gibson
Photographer's First Name: 
Ralph
Designer's First Name: 
Not listed
notes2: 

The image on the cover of 'Guilty Bystander', was originally published in photographer Ralph Gibson's book, 'The Somnambulist', which came out in 1970. It was the first of a trilogy (the others being 'Deja Vu' and 'Days at Sea'), and published by Lustrum, Gibson's own press. Technically, a somnambulist is a sleepwalker, but Gibson used the title as metaphor for a kind of novel-without-words, dealing with the unconscious mind. This picture, of a silhouetted, haloed hand about to grasp a doorknob, appears early in 'The Somnambulist', and may be seen to symbolize the transition between the life of the world and the life of dreams. It is graphically compelling and open-ended enough in terms of meaning to represent the title of Lauren Shakely's book of poems.

As for the 'Point of Interest' on this page, well, sorry... I just couldn't resist. KB

See 'Multiple Uses' for other books with the same cover image:

Book Genre: 
Poetry
Publisher: 
Random House
Subject Photo: 
0
New Media: 
No
Author Photo: 
0
Multiple Uses: 
Multiple Uses
Multiple Covers: 
No