Titolo: Dark Odyssey
Casa editrice: Aperture
Data di pubblicazione: 1996
Condizione libro: very good
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Riassunto: Dark Odyssey
Photographs and commentary by Philip Jones Griffiths
Biographical profile by Murray Sayle
Philip Jones Griffiths, one of this century's master photographers, is unparalleled at creating relentlessly perceptive images that encompass the beauty, the atrocities, the ceremonies, the moments of brutality and compassion that coalesce as history. Griffith's eagerly anticipated retrospective Dark Odyssey traces his forty-year journey through this chaotic world, from the wide horizon of his native Wales to the ravaged villages of war-torn Vietnam, in more than one hundred astounding black-and-white photographs.
In each of his pictures, Griffiths creates a complex diagram of meaning and emotion. The collision of culture and ideology is often the basis of the work--sometimes in a simple pairing of figures, sometimes in a dizzying throng of life: the arresting, straightforward gazes of a Vietnamese child and her war-disfigured mother; the dazed face of a woman lost among the multitude of graves at a cemetery in Hiroshima; the wicked glee of a boy about to hurl a boulder into a grand piano, outside under an ominously dark sky. Griffiths's photogarphs tackle love, death, frivolity, politics, violence . . . they comment--ironically and profoundly--on virtually every aspect of human life, offering a gripping and unforgettable view of both the devastations and the beauties of our era.
With an in-depth critical profile by renowned New Yorker writer Murry Sayle--who has known Griffiths for more than thirty years-- Dark Odyssey also includes poignant narrative notes by the photographer himself. "I have traveled to over one hundred and forty countries trying to make sense of it all," Griffiths writes. "I have discovered that almost every belief we hold collapses under scrutiny--the 'truth' is often simply a tool that serves someone else's purpose." This skepticism and this sense of awe are palpable in every one of Griffiths's masterful photographs.
Recensione: A former president of the Magnum photo agency, journalist Philip Jones Griffiths has covered Vietnam, Northern Ireland, war-torn parts of Africa, and other trouble spots. The author of a well-regarded 1971 book Vietnam Inc., here he collects many of his best pictures. Photojournalism as art is an uncomfortable format, especially when the photos are of war. Here, the ethical validity of the images looms as large as their visual impact. These photos reveal Griffiths' talent for spotting the incongruous in the midst of chaos. An image of a half-black Vietnamese schoolgirl sitting in a schoolroom is typical, identifying the long-lasting legacy of war.
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