Skip to product information
1 of 7


Leah Frances - Lunch Poems

Leah Frances - Lunch Poems

Regular price $95.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $95.00 USD
Sale Sold out
Last copy from the archive

Released October 2022

Published by Aliens in Residence
Photographs by Leah Frances 
Essay by Richard J.S. Gutman


65 color photographs
100 pages, 7×9 inches
Hardcover; section sewn
Edition Size: 500
ISBN: 979-8-9857628-0-8

The photographs in Lunch Poems highlight “third spaces”: communal settings outside of home and work, such as taverns, church picnics, diners, restaurants, and movie theaters. Actively using photography to explore the residue of time and human effort, Leah creates portraits of place, mindful of the individuals who have been there before and may be there again. Imaginary one-to-one conversations with these ghosts, so to speak, allows her to invest in the possibility that within this divided nation, we might, one day, understand and respect each other. Harnessing light to grasp at moments of joy in complicated environments, with these images, she hopes to forge an opening for deep looking and the exploration of multiple layers of meaning, an encounter with complex histories rather than one-dimensional, familiar tropes.

Leah Frances is a photographer born in Alert Bay, Canada, and now based in Easton, Pennsylvania. Frances’ work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Lenscratch, the Carnegie Museum of Art’s online journal, Storyboard, and more and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her first photo book, “American Squares,” debuted in September 2019 at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 and was quickly featured by T, The New York Times Style Magazine, in their “T Suggests: Things our Editors Like” column. She holds an MFA from The Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia.

Select Press for “Lunch Poems”

09/2022: The Guardian, The Observer New Review
09/2022: Lomography Magazine, Documenting American Artifacts
09/2022: The Washington Post, Photographing America's diners
10/2022: Esquire, Lunch Poems a Favorite Photo Book of Fall ‘22
10/2022: Buzzfeed, A Canadian Photographer Found A New Creative Angle On The Iconic American Diner

View full details