- A journey to the edges of the world, Erieta Attali
Paris Photo is the largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium and is held each November at the historic Grand Palais in Paris. A real highlight for photography lovers and, of course, an absolute must for us. The fair’s mission is to promote and nurture photographic creation and the galleries, publishers and artists at its source and as part of this year’s event, Erieta Attali presented her latest book, Periphery | Archaeology of Light.
Erieta Attali was born in Tel Aviv and has a PhD in photography. She has been teaching in some of the world’s leading universities, including Columbia University in NYC, the Technical University of Munich (TUM), The University of Tokyo amongst others and she began her career in the ‘90s as a leading expert in archaeological photography using UV and IR radiation technology. About 20 years ago she came across the work of the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, and since then she has focused on architectural photography. She crafts images with a unique style, working with film and a Linhof with a panoramic 6x12 cm back, a technique she also used for her most recent book published by Hatje Cantz.
In Periphery | Archaeology of Light, Attali refers to the essence of ancient Greek map-making where the edges of the maps represented the outer limits of the known world. The photographic journey that took her to isolated, remote lands across four continents, from Iceland to the Indian Ocean is a dream that the Israeli photographer cultivated since childhood, as she confided to us in an exclusive interview we soon share in our PHOTOGRAPHY section). This also explains the passion she has put into two decades of exploring the relationship between architecture and the landscape at the edges of the world.
Attali’s poetic and metaphoric photographs, where architecture is represented as a natural element, inseparable from its context, provide visual maps of the temporal and spatial transformations at the outposts of human existence. Erieta Attali investigates how extreme conditions and demanding terrains drive people to re-orient and centre themselves through architectural responses. Responses that are the content of a much wider context, reshaping the work of humans and somehow subverting the classic human-centric narrative of architecture photography.
This means we can see places and architecture in a new light because one of the basic ingredients of Erieta Attali’s photographs is natural light. She is prepared to wait for hours and even days for just the right light. And her choice of analogue photography takes her into a domain that we could define as slow photography. An insightful and comprehensive approach that is far from the frenetic pace that dominates our overloaded consumption of images, flattened out into rapid sequences on digital media. It allows the observer of the visual narrative proposed in Periphery | Archaeology of Light to take time out, to slow down and to really enjoy the pictures.
Erieta Attali: Periphery | Archaeology of Light
Eds. ERIETA ATTLI, MARTYN HOOK, introduction by ANDRÉ CORRÊA DO LAGO, texts by ALESSIO ASSONITIS, ERIETA ATTALI, JEAN ATTALI, EVE BLAU, WOLF-DIETER HEILMEYER, KENGO KUMA, MARC MIMRAM, ENRIQUE SOBEJANO, graphic design by KOMA AMOK
144 pp., ca. 120 ills., 34,5 × 28 cm, Hardcover
Ulteriori informazioni: http://www.erietaattali.com