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The Longest Winter
photographs by Julie Doiron
words by Ian Roy

Release: August 1999
26 black and white photographs and fiction
7” x 8.5” trade paper / 64 pp / August 1999
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN-13 978-0-921411-95-6

“Julie Doiron ... thrives on an intimate attention to detail that illuminates one life, her own, yet its not gritty documentary. Instead, her sparse hints suggest a dreamy universality to draw you in—hers is every life. [This] quality suffuses her photography.”

The Longest Winter is a collaborative artist book which grew out of Julie Doiron’s photographic artwork. Turning her camera upon herself, her husband, artist Jon Claytor, their children, Charlotte and Ben, and friends, Julie has made an intimate self-portrait of her life. Ian Roy’s words are a series of short fiction pieces interwoven with reproductions of her silver print photographs.

Julie Doiron, originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, currently lives with her family in Sackville, NB. Julie studied with photographer Thaddeus Holownia at Mount Allison University in Sackville NB, and has had solo exhibitions of her photographs. She is known for her years as bassist, vocalist and songwriter with Canadian indie music darlings Eric’s Trip. Her 1999 CD, Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars (Sappy Records), earned her a Juno Award.

Ian Roy is an Ottawa-area writer who has published in several periodicals including Arc, New Muse of Contempt, The Antigonish Review and Geist. He has authored a book, as well.

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