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Speaking of scars book

“Speaking of Scars did not make too many “best of ” lists, but it should have… As a photobook, it is easily and most successfully pushing the boundaries of what can be done with the medium.” Joerg Colberg, Conscientious


‘Speaking of scars’ deals with trauma and memory. During a 3-year period, photography was used to process an experience that couldn’t be processed. In the book memory takes the form of images, as it repeats and reconfigures itself around new and existing experiences.Despite the fragile nature of the images, the book expresses its brutal subject in a delicate way as it explores the complexity of trauma. The details of banal life offer up a world where things once seemingly benign become menacing; yet beauty holds resonance.

‘Speaking of scars” is an expression of the unspeakable, taking inconceivable events and transforming them into a visible language.


“The very best photo books are those that are able to move something within you, and Speaking of Scars is a wonderful example of this rare accomplishment.” Hotshoe magazine

“The book sets about reconstructing …the ways in which an event is felt… through its different iterations and evocations. The resulting account, for all that it is deeply personal to Eng, is accessible to anyone who has tried to think through these conditions in their own life. ” Daniel Jewesbury, Source

“Through inventive design and subtly suggestive images, Eng’s book…achieves a beauty and power all its own.”  Adam Bell, Photo-eye


UK Stockists: The Photographer’s Gallery bookshopClaire de Rouen books, Foyles Charing X, Ti pi TinGrain Photobooks
EU Stockists : 25 Books (DE),  MiCamera (IT)Ivory Press (ES)Tipi bookshop (BE)Choisi (CH),
US Stockists : Aperture, Photo EyeDashwood Books


Edition of 500 copies
68 pages including various folds and inserts
50 colour plates
170 mm x 228mm
Clothbound hardcover with debossed front cover
Publication date: November 2012
ISBN 978-0-9574041-0-6