Book Release featuring Shine Press's Plume House of Prayer Series

October 11 | 6-8 PM

Please join us for a book launch and author signing to celebrate the release of Shine Press's Plume House of Prayer Series

Plume House of Prayer books
Photo credit: Shine Portrait Studio

The Plume House of Prayer Series, 2019, is Shine’s newly published edition of books referencing a historic site in Newark, NJ. Once a ”cozy farmhouse on the outskirts of a little town on the riverside,” and rectory to The House of Prayer church, is the Plume House. Built in approximately 1725, and the second oldest home in the city  of Newark, now has its foundation visibly shaken by the vehicles driving on I-280, constructed a few feet from the house.

On this site, in 1887, Reverend Hannibal Goodwin invented celluloid photographic film in the attic. This invention was motivated by the frequent breakage of his glass lantern slides, which Goodwin used to teach children bible stories. The book covers in this series are designed to invoke a House of Prayer sermon pamphlet from 1852, on the life of statesman and slaveholder Henry Clay, delivered to “The Young Men of Newark, N.J.” 

Spread from one of the Plume House of Prayer books
Photo credit: Shine Portrait Studio

The series of five books feature work by artists Anthony Alvarez, Dominique Duroseau, Colleen Gutwein, Nick Kline and  Scheherazade Tillet. The books are designed by Chantal Fischzang. 

​The books published in this series vibrate with the various histories and nature of this site, including the intersection of American independence, slavery, gender, church, state, Newark’s role in the history of photography, obsolescence, and hope.



Shine Portrait Studio Press, LLC is dedicated to artists’ publications, photobooks and other printed material focused on locally engaged-projects that impart broad narratives; performance-based work done in Shine’s own studios; projects that mine archives related to Newark’s place in the history of photography; and works inspired by James Van Der Zee’s legacy that reside at intersections of beauty, kindness, self-representation, and social justice.


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