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Sleep


The first monograph of Ted, Spagna, who bridged the gap between art and science with his pioneering visual studies of human sleep behavior.

In 1975, Ted Spagna began his voyeuristic investigation of the hidden landscape of sleep and dreams by photographing people with a time-lapse camera as they slept. Spanga’s work is important for both its aesthetic and scientific implications. His images provided researchers with never before seen visual information about sleeping subjects, thus confirming and amplifying scientific studies about sleep behavior. Spagna spent thirteen years cataloging hundreds of intimate narratives of sleeping figures dancing within their sheets – single sleepers, tender, couples, couples with pets, children, parents and their babies. Each study consists of thirty images, taken at fixed internals throughout the night from a point directly over the sleeper, and are displayed together in sequential chronological order which the photographer often likened to rhythm, and organization of natural behavior. The brilliantly colored exposures of variously draped, dressed, or undressed subjects asleep in their 70s- and 80s- style bedrooms and sheets will delight art and photography lovers an inspire those interested in fashion style and interior design.

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