Benevolent Pleasures of Sight by Camille Solyagua. First edition (1997). First impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. No markings to book. Some scuff marks to dust jacket, now in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Benevolent Pleasures of Sight
So, Camille Solyagua’s photographs of natural history function within a tradition of “Wunderkammers”. Cabinets of natural curiousities brought together by visual analogies. Benevolent Pleasures of Sight presents a comprehensive selection of Solyagua’s photographs in an edition of 1000 numbered copies. Robert Sobiezek’s introduction initially discusses how her work unites an 18th – century notion of extraordinary eccentricities with a Surrealist concept of convulsive beauty. While Ruth Bernhard writes of her own deeply felt response to Solyagua’s imagery.
“When I was a child I asked my father how people on television made themselves as well as others magically disappear. His answer was to set up his camera equipment, and then direct us in a carefully choreographed sequence that we followed precisely. My father’s camera work did nothing to dispel the mystery of the trick; if anything, watching my brother and myself disappear into thin air increased our sense of the fantastic. In my case, this experience sparked an ongoing questioning of seeing and believing that led to a curiosity about image making, then eventually led me to a study of photography.” – Camille Solyagua
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