This large-format (9 x 11.25 inches) special edition of New York photographer William Mullan’s (born 1989) Odd Apples includes a print of the photograph titled Hidden Rose housed in a pergamin paper sleeve inserted in the book.
Mullan’s obsession with apples began when he saw his first Egremont Russet at a Waitrose grocery store outside of London. Fascinated by its gnarled, potato-like appearance and shockingly fresh, nutty flavor, Mullan began searching for, and photographing, rare apple varieties. In Odd Apples, each apple is lovingly rendered and styled according to its individual “personality”—a combination of its looks and its flavors. The apples are set against complementary brightly colored backdrops; they are peeled or unpeeled, cut or whole, skin shriveled or perfectly smooth and shiny. Mullan embraces each apple’s idiosyncratic aesthetic qualities completely.