Whether in the heart of Asia or a farm in the American heartland, the Buddha image never seems out of place. As a reminder to stop and live in the moment, it is as appropriate as a charm around the neck of a young Thai soldier as on a car dashboard. Photographs of the Buddha in various incarnationstraditional statuary, toys, garden ornaments, jewelry, tattoosdemonstrate that the Buddha is seemingly everywhere, if one cultivates the proper awareness. By turns beautiful, quirky, ironic, and meditative, Kalisher's images in If You Find the Buddha speak not only to the omnipresence of the spiritual icon, but also to our capacity to be surprised and delighted by the unexpected. With an insightful essay by noted author and traveler Jeff Greenwald, the striking photographs in this book delight and enlighten in equal measure.
|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||10 MB|
About the Author
Jeff Greenwald, the author of Shopping for Buddhas among other works, has traveled extensively through five continents, working as a writer, artist, and photographer. He lives in Oakland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While ace photographer Jesse Kalisher is based in North Carolina, his work is enjoyed throughout the world. Many have seen his photographs at The Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles. Visitors to Baltimore find his photographs at The Walters Art Museum. Acclaimed by curators and peers, Kalisher adds luster to the current roster of important photographers. Now, for the first time his work may be seen in an eye arresting small volume titled 'If You Find The Buddha.' Pages (128) glow with eye-catching colors and unique perspectives as Kalisher has captured Buddhas in every setting imaginable throughout Thailand and the United States. There are very traditional statues, toys, jewelry, car ornaments, and even neon signs. All of this emphasizes the words of author Jeff Greenwald in his engaging foreword: 'As with a lover - or a close relative, or good friend - meeting the Buddha is always a welcome surprise. Like those familiar faces it snaps us back to what's truly important: the joy of community, the value of kindness, and the benefits of being focused and engaged, whatever our enterprise....' Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
This small in size but huge in message book allows Jesse Kalisher to share his sensitive eye, mind, and talent with us. Not merely a monograph or photograph collection, 'If you find the Buddha' is a beautifully designed art book that contains 123 color photographs taken throughout Thailand, California, and North Carolina, the magical theme being the surprising presence of the image of Buddha in the most unexpected circumstances.After a warm and tender introduction by author and traveler Jeff Greenwald, Kalisher explains in words the concept of this journey. He speaks of discussions with a monk and the permutations of that discussion in rethinking his history and the influence of finding connection with the universe that he documents with his camera. What follows are exuberant color photographs of Buddha as a statue, then representations of Buddha in the form of words on license plates, on nightscapes of markets in Thailand, on billboards, car mirrors, temples, souvenir makers, GI medallions, garden objects - and these only name a few. The first reading of this book is a game to identify the Buddha in each photograph - an entertainment in and of itself. But subsequent readings draw the viewer into the universality of the concept: suddenly, or perhaps gradually, the viewer becomes involved with Kalisher's point of view and the book becomes inspirational on its own terms. This is one of those rare books that belongs by the bedside - or at any location where the reader can escape from the world outside for some treasured moments available in these pages. Kalisher has a gift, a gift he shares graciously, and this book justifies his fine resume of being in the collections of many museums. Highly recommended. Grady Harp