I DREAMED IT WAS BETTER THAN IT WAS
7.5 x 11 in
Phil Donohue (b. 1983) is a filmmaker and photographer based in the greater Los Angeles area.
His work, shot on 35mm and 120 film, aims to confront the nostalgia built around what we culturally discard. In ‘I dreamed it was better than it was’, Phil explores the nostalgia of neglect and how we experience and remember these forgotten places in today’s digital age.
This book is simultaneously an ode to the shopping malls, cultural centers and physical structures that Phil grew up around and also a critique of the fact that some of our most precious memories are so deeply rooted in commerce - that we have more feelings associated with a store, than we sometimes do our fellow man.
Photographs by Phil Donohue. Curated and designed by Mathea Millman and cover design by Sarah Bachman.