Share this

We use cookies and various other bits of data to improve learn more about our privacy and cookies policy

Photobook: Things Come Apart 2.0 – Todd McLellan

Simon Skinner - 5 years ago

Canadian photographer Todd McLellan has a rather unique style of photography, both in a technical sense and also his subjects of choice. in Todd’s second book of its kind, Things Come Apart 2.0, Todd literally breaks down the components of every-day items to display the inner workings, carefully arranging the components and shooting them. The resulting works create bizarre an intriguing works of art from all manner of objects, from record players to bicycles and beyond. 

Things Come Apart 2.0
Digital Watch, 2010 Raised by Wolves/Furni. Component count: 57

In this new compact paperback edition of Todd McLellan’s original book, you’ll find fifty design classics, which have been arranged by their size and intricacy.

Things Come Apart 2.0
Bicycle, 1980s Raleigh. Component count: 893

With five new projects that reveal the inner workings of some of the world’s most iconic designs, Things Come Apart 2.0 includes a broad range of everyday items, from an SLR camera to mantle clock to espresso machine. Every single component of each item is laid bare. In addition to showcasing the quality and elegance of older designs, these disassembled objects show that even the most intricate modern technologies can be broken down and understood.

Things Come Apart 2.0
Swiss Army Knife [exploded], 1990s Victorinox. Component count: 38

Here, stunning photography is interspersed with words from notable figures from the world of restoration, DIY, and design innovation, who discuss historical examples of teardowns, disassembly, and reverse engineering. Things Come Apart conjures the childlike joy of taking something apart to see how it works and will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about the material world.

Things Come Apart 2.0

Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON Paperback
ISBN: 9780500294871
Dimensions: 29.7 and 21 cm
Publish Date: 7/03/2019
Page Count: 128 with 123 illustrations
Available from: 7th March 2019
Price: £14.95

About the author

Read Photobook: Things Come Apart 2.0 – Todd McLellan

Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.