Tertium Quid can be purchased for $75.

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ter·ti·um quid: noun, Late Latin, literally, a third something

In his introduction, Murray Moss writes “A press photograph is defined by its function, which is to infuse a text with visual meaning in the telling of a news story.” Assembled from his own collection of archival, annotated, and published prints   acquired from the photo morgues of a moribund newspaper industry, these original photographs are for the first time shown publicly without the newspaper text they were originally assigned to accompany. He writes: “Rather, I have paired these images with other orphaned press images, putting them in dialogue, and in the process creating for each image a new narrative a new life, a third story, a tertium quid.” 

In turns humorous, striking, mysterious, and always surprising, these photographs reveal an undiscovered side of their personality through these pairings. Unwittingly, they have become starring characters in new narratives that are both revealing and delightful. Some are duets, or fugues. Moss writes, “Some dance a pas de deux. Many are six degrees incarnate. And others are conversations between strangers who share a bench in the park and discover common ground.” 

Reproduced at the actual size of the original photos, with both the front and the often annotated back presented with equal importance, these artifacts, retired now from their labors, are akin to those exceptional functional objects that have served their time and have later come to be appreciated, even coveted and exalted, for the extraordinary qualities that lie outside of their original function. 

Tertium Quid is published in a limited edition of 1250 copies, each sequentially numbered.

  •  204 pages

  •  August Editions (May 28, 2014)

  •  11.5 x 11.1 x 0.9 inches