Britta Jaschinski's exquisite photographs owe their inspiration to portraiture rather than documentation, creating an atmosphere rather than making a statement. The animals in these photographs have a shadowy, almost enigmatic presence that excites our curiosity and draws us in to their world. Our glimpses of them tend to be partial and fragmentary - from a furry hand gripping an iron bar to dolphins floating just below the surface of a pool. Polar bears stare from a rocky stage, a zebra stands absolutely still and silent. All animals display a melancholy dignity, commanding a sense of respect in the viewer that is tinged with unease. Jaschinski's involvement and empathy is evident throughout, but she never allows it to intrude; instead she offers us an arresting series of pictures in a hauntingly mesmerizing book.
This book is not for children, nor is it likely to be recycled as a calendar or a booklet of postcards. It has, however, established its young creator as a talent on the rise in Europe. Jaschinski, a German-born photographer based in London, lets her stark black-and-white compositions stand without commentary; viewers are left to form their own opinions. Among these dark and unsettling images of animals behind bars is a haunting--and nearly heart-breaking--picture of a decidedly unhappy gibbon, imploring the camera to free him from captivity. Words could only diminish its impact.About the Author:
Britta Jaschinski (b.1965) was born in Bremen and has lived and worked in England since 1990. Her body of work on animals won her instant recognition which resulted in exhibitions throughout the world, including a solo show at London's Photographers' Gallery in 1995.
Descrizione libro Phaidon Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110714834726
Descrizione libro Phaidon Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0714834726 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0361430
Descrizione libro Phaidon Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0714834726