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Special Nothing is a collection of travel photos by Phyllis Ma in the form of still lifes.


To Ma, “special nothings” are those everyday objects that, on the right day, or in the right moment, are sources of pure delight: a very hairy flower; a block of head cheese the size and shape of an iPhone; a gherkin that looks especially perverse. 


Shot in Berlin, London, Tokyo, Mexico City and New York, the photo book is a unique travel diary, a distillation of those moments when the commonplace and the strange coalesce, turn into something magical, surreal.


Essay by Erin Sheehy. Design by Ongoing Projects.

Special Nothing

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