The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer


A curious tale exploring the history and mythology of a reclusive man living in central New Hampshire 200 years ago. Amani Willett’s photographs track this hermit’s overgrown trail through land his family now owns. Photographed as a fragmented narrative the book explores the fragmented identity of the original hermit while keeping Plummer’s unknowable history intact. 

Hardcover, 8.5" x 6.5" inches, portrait, 136 pages
50 colour and 28 b+w photographs, October 2017


“The first time I had the book in my hands and leafed through I had goosebumps. It is a treasure — beautiful, mysterious, each page refreshing. It sparkles with ideas and is beautifully designed.” – Elisabeth BiondiCurator and former Visual Editor at The New Yorker

The Disappearance Of Joseph Plummer is a beautiful, elegant and cinematic tale, and more to the point, it allows Willett to stylistically flex his muscles and stretch his wings. His talent as a photographer has never been in doubt, now he has also proved himself very adept at storytelling.
– Robin TitchenerReview for Photobookstore Magazine

“Willett plunges us into a fictional story worthy of a film by David Lynch. Captivating.” – Le Monde de la Photo, October 2017 (translated from French)

“For me this is the most inspiring photobook I’ve seen so far this year.” – Carl Bigmore, photographer

Selected Press
PDN 2017 Holidat Gift Guide
Photo Eye Magazine Interview
Loeil de la Photographie
Photo Bookstore Magazine Review
Le Monde de la Photo Podcast
Creative Boom
Responses Photo
Polka Magazine

Selected Library Collections
Fotobibliothek (Winterhur, Switzerland)
Rice-Aron Library / Marlboro College (Vermont, USA)