Frank Meo, a Millburn-based rep for professional photographers, doesn’t seem to know it, but he has invented writing. Five thousand years late, perhaps, but if he’s successful with his new show, “Mind Prints,” opening Thursday night in Brooklyn, he may just be the most successful writer in terms of getting paid by the word.
Consider his piece “When Bill told Hillary” (pictured), four words, in 4″ high American Typewriter font, printed on 30″ x 40″ fine art paper, which goes for $900 unframed (but signed) and $1,200 framed. Framed, that’s $300 a word.
Meo calls his series of 78 “flash card” images “Mind Prints” because, even though they are only words, they conjure up actual images in people’s minds. And lest you think he’s trying to put one over on us, Meo is really, really excited about this. He feels he’s truly onto something. “If I say to you Clemens Taking Steroids, OJ Fighting With Ron Goldman, Monica With a Cigar, something that you’ve never seen,” Meo marvels, I can picture all these things in my mind. “The guy who does your cleaning, the frankfurter guy, everybody gets it. You are actually in the cave with Bin Laden. And you’ve had a meal with Jeff Dahmer.”
Well I kind of hope not.
Meo’s show opens Thursday at the VII Photo Agency, 28 Jay St. in Brooklyn, with a panel discussion and party from 6 to 8:30 p.m., which will include Time magazine deputy photo editor Paul Moakley. If $900 a print is too hefty a price for you (Meo recommends buying four and grouping them together as a great dinner party conversation starter), there’s also a book for $35, which will be available. Now that’s a bargain.
Learn more about Meo’s Mind Prints at his website, “Captured in the Mind.”