PHOTOGRAPHER MONOGRAPHS

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DAMIANI

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Clth, 11 x 11 in. / 72 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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PUB DATE 3/31/2014
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Xavier Guardans: Windows

Published by Damiani
Text by Christopher Harth, Amanda Schmitt.

"Nangorot, Turkana, Loiyangalani," is reproduced from <I>Xavier Guardans: Windows</I>.Windows is the debut volume of photographer Xavier Guardans (born 1954), produced in 2006 while exploring the Kenyan wilderness. These black-and-white portraits of individuals from a variety of Kenyan tribes--including Turkana, Samburu, Masai, Rendille, Gabra and Pokot--were shot through the window of Guardans’ Toyota Land Cruiser. The background is empty (only bright white light outlines each individual), while the dark window acts as an equalizing picture frame. Despite (or because of) the uniform background and constant frame, the position and composure of the people photographed varies greatly, especially in the position of the hands--one man carries two baby goats in his arms, some hands are hidden, and many hands and arms invade the car window, leaning or reaching in, toward the viewer. Windows is the first in a series of five books to be published featuring Guardans’ long-term photographic projects.

"Nangorot, Turkana, Loiyangalani," is reproduced from Xavier Guardans: Windows.

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The photographs of Spaniard Xavier Guardans are descendants of the Thesiger tradition of humane portraiture.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/18/2014

Xavier Guardans: Windows

Xavier Guardans: WindowsIn 2006, photographer Xavier Guardans traveled Kenya, exploring the wilderness and making portraits of various tribespeople through the window of his Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4. In Windows, a new monograph collecting these photographs, essayist Amanda Schmitt writes, "Guardans does not document the lives or culture of a people whose traditions are slowly disappearing. He explores the human essence of a people whose culture has increasingly been exploited by generations of photographers as a circus for tourists. His aim was not to capture an image and bring it back as a sort of evidence or documentation of a culture, but rather to connect and to present these people, figuratively through a different lens and literally through a different frame. His creation, his world, is both dark and light expressed elegantly through his choice of black and white film for such a colorful nation as Kenya. The balance in these energies is palpable, both solid and ephemeral. Something so fixated and permanent has been built that a sort of truth rests in this place." Guardans will sign copies of the book at the International Center of Photography, New York, this Friday, March 21 at 6PM. continue to blog


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