Casting Shadows: Images from a New South Africa

Casting Shadows: Images from a New South Africa

by Edward West, Leslie King-Hammond
     
 

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Published in conjunction with a year 2000 exhibition held at the U. of Michigan Museum of Art, this square format book (11.5x11.5") presents several brief interpretive essays and an interview with the artist; but most pages are devoted to West's evocative color photographs. The photos' intentional soft focus and careful, formal composition create an emotional spell…  See more details below

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Published in conjunction with a year 2000 exhibition held at the U. of Michigan Museum of Art, this square format book (11.5x11.5") presents several brief interpretive essays and an interview with the artist; but most pages are devoted to West's evocative color photographs. The photos' intentional soft focus and careful, formal composition create an emotional spell oddly in contrast with their stark subject matter. Distribution is by the U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Library Journal
In this his first book, West (Sch. of Art and Design, Univ. of Michigan) seeks to capture in photographs the marginalized existence of South Africa's people of color. His photographic technique and the quality of the images are exceptional. Yet the volume's conceptual emptiness induces unease a feeling not placated even by the eloquence of essays by Mongane Wally Serote (To Every Birth Its Blood and numerous other works) and Lemuel Johnson (The Devil, the Gargoyle, and the Buffoon) or Leslie King-Hammond's revealing interview with West. For all their beauty and conviction, these writings mainly editorialize and praise a work of genius that the remaining pages of the volume do not reveal. West's subjects appear well prepared for the camera, their shaded faces always contemplative. That is the look of the photographer's South Africa, not of South Africa itself, and the metaphor of the shadow dissipates in the real shadow of the book's intellectual gimmickry. Recommended only for the largest metropolitan libraries. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295981185
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.40(d)

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