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The world's most densely populated country, and the tiger's last remaining natural habitat, India is a land of contradictions. In this visually stunning book, photographer Olivier Follmi captures this land where tradition and modernity coexist-the India of the cell phone and the sacred cow. Follmi looks beyond the commotion and sensory overload of the Indian street to examine deeper truths about the people and their culture. His photographs convey serenity and stillness, expressing a philosophy and an approach to...
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Overview

The world's most densely populated country, and the tiger's last remaining natural habitat, India is a land of contradictions. In this visually stunning book, photographer Olivier Follmi captures this land where tradition and modernity coexist-the India of the cell phone and the sacred cow. Follmi looks beyond the commotion and sensory overload of the Indian street to examine deeper truths about the people and their culture. His photographs convey serenity and stillness, expressing a philosophy and an approach to life radically different from the West's.

This award-winning photographer's work includes portraits of people of all classes-farmers and potters, dancers and musicians, parents and children-and probes as well human interactions with animals including cows, monkeys, and elephants. Never does he portray his subjects as exotic objects; rather, his realistic, moving images pay tribute to his subjects' essential dignity and profound humanity.
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Publishers Weekly
In her introduction to this exquisite collection of photographs, novelist Jha (Smell) writes, "To be in India is to be assaulted by sensations, smells, colors, emotions, questions; to struggle to find answers; and to face your innermost desires and fears." Photographer Follmi's beautiful images of India's people deftly convey this headiness while focusing on the micro: a young woman leading her herd of goats down a shady path; four wanderers in Pushkar sitting together on a decrepit wall; a man practicing yoga at dusk; two Brahman pilgrims wading into the waters of the Ganges. Follmi, who first traveled to India in the 1970s and led tourists on Himalayan treks, submits 200 full-color photographs and illustrations that are overwhelmingly upbeat in their depiction of the vast country's inhabitants. Religion features prominently, as do cultural and social rituals. Captions at the back of the book explain the images, defining words like kalarippayat (a predecessor of all martial arts that also includes healing techniques) and explaining such traditions as facial ornamentation. Even potentially cliched images-such as that of a man riding an elephant alongside a grouping of palm trees, seen in silhouette-are compelling, thanks to the photographs' brilliant hues and the illuminating accompanying text. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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This entry in the "Offerings for Humanity" series documents a recent journey that Follmi (Buddhist Himalayas), the prolific photographer and longtime champion of things Indian, and his wife, Danielle, took through the Indian subcontinent's cultural and geographic landscapes. Most of this massive slab of a tome is made up of 200 of Follmi's rich and dramatically composed photos, reproduced in large scale and frequently garnished by brightly colored borders borrowed from textile designs and ancient manuscripts. Nearly half of them have never before been published. Bracketed by novelist Radhika Jha's (Smell) introduction and Follmi's eloquent afterword that is imbued with his love for the region, the images are at once fascinatingly documented and beautifully decorative. Indeed, by framing his already densely patterned photos within adorned margins, Follmi is literally underscoring the wonderfully irrepressible Indian inclination toward decoration. Although India does occasionally veer close to the sentimentality of the mawkish "Day in the Life of" series, Follmi's affection for India's diversity is clear and affirming. Recommended.-Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810959491
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 11.62 (w) x 14.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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