Hells Gates: Notre Damned, An Act of God

By 07/02/2020Photobooks

Tim Coghlan
Perimeter Editions and Knowledge Editions

78 pages
192 x 120 mm

A limited supplement volume to Melbourne-based designer and publisher Tim Coghlan‘s 2018 book Hell’s Gates – which was published in an edition of 666 copies – Hell’s Gates: Notre Damned, An Act of God again draws on the ubiquity of shared images depicting the burning and decimation of a house of worship. As the book’s title suggests,
here, Coghlan directs his strategic Google Images searches to photographs of the blaze that felled Paris’s famed
Notre Dame cathedral in April 2019.

Like its sibling edition, Notre Damned, An Act of God smirkingly riffs off the visual languages and attitudes of black metal to question the iconography, implications and democracy of images. Amidst the billowing smoke and embers, we’re left to ponder just how mythology and notoriety come to affect the way we read photographs and make meaning.

About the Artist

About the Publisher
Perimeter Editions is the award-winning publishing imprint of Melbourne-based bookstore Perimeter Books and distribution house Perimeter Distribution.

Releasing its first publication in 2012, Perimeter Editions’ focus rests on publishing autonomous books in close collaboration with photographers, artists, curators and writers. Its publications exhibit a criticality and sensitivity to content and form.


Knowledge Editions is an independent alternative printing/publishing house started in 2012.