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Amani Willett

The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer

A curious tale exploring the history and mythology of a reclusive man living in central New Hampshire 200 years ago. Amani Willett's photographs track this hermit's overgrown trail through land his family now owns. Photographed as a fragmented narrative the book explores the fragmented identity of the original hermit while keeping Plummer's unknowable history intact.
Hardcover, 8.5" x 6.5" inches, portrait, 136 pages
50 colour and 28 b+w photographs, October 2017


The first time I had the book in my hands and leafed through I had goosebumps. It is a treasure, beautiful, mysterious, each page refreshing. It sparkles with ideas and is beautifully designed.
— Elisabeth Biondi, Curator and former Visual Editor at The New Yorker

The Disappearance Of Joseph Plummer is a beautiful, elegant and cinematic tale, and more to the point, it allows Willett to stylistically flex his muscles and stretch his wings. His talent as a photographer has never been in doubt, now he has also proved himself very adept at storytelling.
— Robin Titchener, Review for Photobookstore Magazine

Photographer Amani Willett is an adept storyteller, creating cinematic visual screenplays that carry us into terrain of the mind and the imagination... The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer is the perfect combination of nightmare and daydreams, beautifully mysterious and intriguing, in the style of all good novels.
— Aline Smithson, Lenscratch feature

Willett plunges us into a fictional story worthy of a film by David Lynch. Captivating.
— Le Monde de la Photo, October 2017 (translated from French)

For me this is the most inspiring photobook I've seen so far this year.
— Carl Bigmore, photographer