Jan Groover, Photographer

Jan Groover, Photographer

Laboratory of Forms

A discovery: the first monograph exploring the entire body of American photographer Jan Groover's highly original and experimental work



Title Information

Edited by Tatyana Franck. With contributions by Bruce Boice, Emilie Delcambre Hirsch, Tatyana Franck, Paul Frèches, Sarah Hermanson Meister, and Pau Maynés Tolosa

1st edition

, 2019


192 pages, 130 color and 15 b/w illustrations

21 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-838-6

In cooperation with Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne


This book offers a discovery: for the first time a comprehensive monograph explores the entire oeuvre of photographic artist Jan Groover (1943–2012), whose personal collection in 2017 was transferred to Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne.

Published to coincide with an exhibition at Musée de l'Elysée in fall 2019 and generously illustrated, Jan Groover, Photographer: Laboratory of Forms traces the artist’s career from the beginnings in America to her late years in western France. Having started her career as a painter, when she turned to photography in the 1970s she developed a distinct artistic attitude that saw her amalgamate the disciplines of photography and painting. She was especially known for her carefully composed photographic still-lifes. Essays on her life and work, her significance as an artist, alongside a very personal contribution by her husband, French artist and critic Bruce Boice, complement the images.

Authors & Editors

Bruce Boice

Emilie Delcambre Hirsch

Tatyana Franck

 is director of Lausanne's Musée de l'Elysée since 2015. Prior to this appointment, she has directed the Archives Claude Picasso in Geneva as well as a number of important photography collections, and has curated various exhibitions.

Paul Frèches

Sarah Hermanson Meister

Pau Maynés Tolosa


"The book offers a first overview of Jan Groover's work and impresses with mercilessly well edited and printed picture series". Maren Lübke-Tidow, EIKON

"The emotional drama of the pictures arises from the tension between the form of the designed picture and the things you think you know." Ulrich Rüter, Photonews


"In Groover's exotic, beautiful world of goods, kitchen cutlery becomes a treasure that has been lifted into the jungle thicket of marbled plant leaves. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is also the first monograph on the artist, who died in 2012, and a worthwhile alternative if you don't make it to the exhibition. Catharina J. Cichosch, taz

"This book is probably the best overview of Jan Groover's art." Dr. Stefan Gronert, Foto Kunst Theorie, Der Sprengel Fotoblog