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

"Photographer Amani Willett is an adept storyteller, creating cinematic visual screenplays that carry us into terrain of the mind and the imagination . . . . . "The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer is the perfect combination of nightmare and daydreams, beautifully mysterious and intriguing, in the style of all good novels."

- Aline Smithson, Lenscratch feature

“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
Best Books of 2017 - Photo Eye Books
Best Books of 2017 - Humble Arts Foundation
Best books of 2017 - Elin Spring

PDN 2017 Holidat Gift Guide

Yogurt Magazine

Lensculture Book Review
Fraction Magazine Review

Black and White Photo Magazine
1000 Words Magazine Book Review
Huck Magazine

Moors Magazine

Photo Eye Book of the Day

PH Museum

Hyperallergic Interview
Phases Magazine
Photo Bookstore Review
Photo Eye Magazine Interview
Loeil de la Photographie
Internazionale Magazine
Le Monde de la Photo Podcast
Creative Boom
This Isn't Happiness
Responses Photo
Polka Magazine
II Post - Review
II Sole 24 Ore
Josef Chladek Bookshelf
Conscientious Photo Magazine
Foto Cult
Musee Magazine
Phroom Magazine
Fisheye Magazine
Don't Take Pictures
Gup Magazine
Photographer's Forum

Selected Library Collections
Fotobibliothek (Winterhur, Switzerland)
Rice-Aron Library / Marlboro College (Vermont, USA)
Bethel University Library (St Paul, USA)
University of Vermont Bailey-Howe Library (USA)
Tate Library & Archive (London, UK)