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The Architect's Brother Hardcover – November 1, 2000
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His is a magical world, lightning strikes, huge flowers explode and clouds and dark holes spin across the horizon. This is a mystical world that recalls to me the world of the major arcana of the Tarot. The figure vacillates between Mage, Fool and Hierophant. Who is the Architect, I wonder. Is his brother an assistant or an opponent? Many of the images are ambivalent, touching on both darkness and light, making a clear decision impossible. The figure seems melancholy, engaged in strange almost hopeless acts. But he persists, carrying on a quest intended to heal or repair a desolate world.
Despite a great difference in subject matter, these images remind me a great deal of Joel Peter Witkin, who is another Twin Palms photographer. Witkin's images also evoke a sense of myth and legend and have many readings. Both photographers manipulate their images extensively (with their wives as co-conspirators as well). And both have wonderful imaginations that seem to flourish against the somewhat humdrum backdrop of today's world.
A slipcased, signed edition exists, but is becoming quite rare. This edition and the trade edition are beautifully produced by Twin Palms, who manage to capture the real spirit of this work. By all means buy the "The Architect's Brother" if you are interested in non-traditional photography. You won't be disappointed.
The effect is other worldly and haunting. The effects created photographically are enhanced by handpainting over the photos. Originally working with beeswax and pigments, travelling and the wear induced led to exploration of acrylic mediums. This is a dream for mixed media minded people.
The author drives the reader through an interesting dream-like world created meticulously just for the shots in this book.
All these stupendous images generate lots of meditations and new ideas not only related to the topic of photography but to the way we experience life.
The book itself is a fabulous reflection of the art. The photos are reproduced beautifully, the binding is simple and clean, and the book includes a great many more pieces than were present at the exhibition where I first saw his work. All in all, I am exstatic that I was finally able to track down this volume.
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Beautiful photos, beautiful quality book. I've had it for years.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
the images in this book are so inspiring/ fun I just love this book. If you are a fan of surreal images or stretching your creative eye. this book is for you.Published on May 26, 2014 by anonymousReviewer
You probably already have an idea of what's in this book. The printing is great, the binding is great. Larger than I expected. I'd just get it.Published on October 25, 2011 by dan
This book is so beautifully produced, it's a piece of art in itself. The images are beautifully represented and enjoyable to look at with a nicely covered/bound book... Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Ellieellie
It's a beautiful book but not was expecting written descriptions for the photos. The condition that it came in was pretty good save for a scratches on the cover photo of the book. Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by nattysnest
Easily the most poetic and striking images I've seen in a long time. Worth every penny. "Tree Sonatta" is wonderful.Published on October 5, 2010 by Samuel M. Purvis IV
The Architect's Brother is a beautiful compilation of photographic art by photographer Robert ParkeHarrison. Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by S. R. Cousino