David Billet and Ian Kline made the pictures in Rabbit / Hare on a road trip to Texas. And right away that statement is going to create a certain set of expectations among viewers of this book. Perhaps no other region in the United States comes with such a strong set of preconceived
notions. So yes: you’ll see ten-gallon hats, a wayward confederate flag. Even a baptism in a watering trough.
But the real glory of Rabbit / Hare is how surely its makers have defied easy stereotypes: these pictures do not derive their palpable life from mere subject matter. In this book, butterflies and
back hair are equally magical and mundane, as they should be. Qualities of light are equally qualities of sensibility. The human beings in the pictures gently revel in the pleasures of riding horses, or smoking cigarettes, or exposing skin to sun and air.
Rabbit / Hare will not tell us anything about how to evaluate any particular state or region or electorate. What we see instead is how to meet the world with open minds and open hearts and to make something lasting of that meeting.
David Billet is an American photographer. Billet received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. He has had two-person exhibitions at Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD, 2018) and The Java Project (Brooklyn, NY, 2018). David received the Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship to work on a collaborative project with Ian Kline in 2017. He has self-published three artists’ books and his work has been published by The Fader, Baxter Street Camera Club of New York, The Heavy Collective, and Der Greif.
Ian Kline is a photographer currently living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born in 1994 in York, Pennsylvania, Kline received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Ian has had solo exhibitions at Skylab Gallery (Columbus, OH, 2016), Space Place (Nizhniy Tagil, Russia, 2018), and Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh, PA, 2019). He has had two-person exhibitions at Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD, 2018) and The Java Project (Brooklyn, NY, 2018). In 2017 Ian received the Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship to work on a collaborative project with David Billet. He has self-published five artists’ books and in 2019 Quiet Pages Press published Echo (Dad’s Basement). Ian is an incoming candidate for his MFA in Photography at Yale.
David Billet & Ian Kline
28cm x 23cm x 1cm
Edition of 750