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Sammallahti: Des Oiseaux


by Pentti Sammallahti
Sammallahti: Des Oiseaux
by Pentti Sammallahti
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Generally Sammallahti's books go out of print pretty quickly. I can’t believe this one will be any different.

Publisher's Description

Traveller-photographer Pentti Sammallahti captures the myste­ries of nature on his travels and among these, the world of birds. Coastlines, swamps, parks, endless plains, forest clearings, snowy landscapes… In these isolated areas, birds slyly reveal their pres­ence.

Like visual tales, his B&W photographs attest to his extraordinary eye for detail, to light that sculpts spaces, to silent expanses in which a human or animal presence suddenly appears. The experience of the image is twofold: beyond its narrative virtuosity, his use of a two-colour process, with immaculate whites (as in the plumage of his swans or pink flamingos) confronted with deep blacks, creates a play of textures and powerfully renders a world in which birds play a unique role.

 This book constitutes one of the two first titles of Des oiseaux(On birds) collection celebrating, through the vision of different artists, their immense presence in a world where they are now vulnerable. Accompanying these photographs, the ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre showcases the relationship to the seasons that is a fundamental aspect of the life of birds. Where it exists, winter is a major constraint that birds must grapple with and that notably leads to strategies in their search for food and energy economy, or socialising. The author here associates the life of birds in winter with Pentti Sammallahti’s photographs.

ISBN
9782365112154
Publisher
Xavier Barral
Date Published
2018
Dimensions
20.5 x 26 cm
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
No. of Pages
120
Image Count
66
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