Des Oiseaux by Leila Jeffreys
. First edition (2020). First impression. large format hardback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Des Oiseaux
With this book, Leila Jeffrey's takes us into a journey through tropical forests and jungles all over the world. She exhibits astonishing bird species that she has been taking studio portraits of since 2008. She explains, “I’ve long noticed how many birds have specific expressions, just like us”. Jeffreys’ images, which rely on a profound connection with her sitters cultivated over many years, are an exercise in both artistry and empathy.
Additionally, by cultivating the art of waiting, Jeffreys develops a gallery of whimsical and hyper-realist portraits where all the birds come attired in their most beautiful finery with sumptuous plumage colors. So, one by one, they let their character shine through: graceful, mischievous, shy, proud, timid, poseur, all of which seem to want to chat to the viewer. Therefore, her practice underlines how humans anthropomorphize animals and what we really do share.
This publication is part of the Des Oiseaux
(On birds) collection celebrating, through the vision of different artists, their immense presence in a world where they are now vulnerable. The orthinologist Guilhem Lesaffre writes a special essay to accompany these photographs.
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