Special Communiqués is a photo-novella made up of text and 38 images shot on Polaroid SX-70 film. About half of the images were altered with acrylic paint and collage. The rest are straight photographs. This project was done during the summer of 1980, less than a year after the completion of Eddie Glove. By contrast, the earlier 50-image project took four years to finish (1976-79), largely because it was printed in multiples and hand-toned. The character of Eddie Glove appears in this work, after a fall from an airplane. This is the first instance of several intersecting plotlines between works in a variety of media made through the 1980s and into the early 90s.
THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT
#12.5 1983 cibachrome print
"With this series of photographs, I let go of the linear narrative of the previous photo-novellas. The connection between images comes from their visual style and situational equivalency, and from the near-constant character in the black suit. Although the scenes were carefully staged and in some cases built to be seen from particular vantage points, many of the poses were improvisational. The black suit was my guarantee that I could make a strong dark shape to complete a composition."