The Known World by Anne Hall and Sophie Mörner
The Known World, 2008, is a vivid, full-color book documenting the span of a romantic relationship between photographers Anne Hall and Sophie Mörner. The women traveled from New Hampshire to the Catskills, to the woods of northern Florida, and back again.
The images and texts are candid relics, remembrances and re-imagined fantasies of the magic that occurred during the months Hall and Mörner spent together. With a host of lush, large format photos of flora and fauna, and arrestingly handsome portraits of the two women, the book illustrates a tale of escape from the clamor of daily life into the wilderness. Though it was not conceived as a challenging or political piece, The Known World has been seen as a groundbreaking work in the realm of contemporary lesbian and feminist art and documentation.