TREVOR PAGLEN / FROM THE ARCHIVES OF PETER MERLIN, AVIATION ARCHEOLOGIST
From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaeologist is an artist book that features new photographs and text by Trevor Paglen centered on the archive of Peter Merlin—a historian, technical writer, and leading expert on classified aircraft.
In From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaeologist, Paglen has selected fifty-nine objects from Merlin’s collection that range from the sinister to the mundane to the humorous. His stark photographs of these symbol-laden challenge coins, patches, models, and other objects build on his long-standing interest in the culture of secrecy while providing a fragmentary peek into decades of elusive military missions. The book continues Paglen’s ongoing work with experimental geography, state secrecy, and military symbology in exhibitions and book form.