Fred Truck: Anaglyphic and Stereographic Photographs, 2010
Fred Truck graduated from the Iowa Wesleyan College with everything but an art degree. After beginning his career writing, he ran into a dry spell. Needing a job, Truck opted for printing school in Ankeny, Iowa. There he was allowed free use of the machines and materials, where he could print the books he had been working on. His first book was comprised of an invented language, modern hieroglyphics translated into English. “On one side there would be a bunch of pictures and on the other I would translate them.” He produced a small vocabulary of these little images. Unknown to Truck at the time, artist books were in demand, and his were attracting attention. He never intended to be an artist, but his books gained recognition in the art world. He was even included in a show exclusively comprised of artist books, where he was introduced to many people, and from there “it really just took off.” Through these books Truck met, Carl Loeffler, who invited him to participate in a project he was running.