Strange Ritual Hardcover – September 1, 1995
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- Item Weight : 1.93 pounds
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0811810461
- ISBN-13 : 978-0811810463
- Dimensions : 7.7 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
- Publisher : Chronicle Books; First Edition (September 1, 1995)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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this is a departure for me on reviewing something other than music. books are the engines that inspire higher thought. this experimental photography book offers us a glimpse into the eccentric, brilliant mind of David Byrne. there are pictures enclosed which display the full assault into the psyche of America. you will be mesmerized by the obtuse abstractions of these photos. david byrne contributes substance to the image of commerce. sometimes i wonder if david's lens is a blunt homage to the Factory days of Warhol or just a clever wink to the excess & decadence of that period. the whole mythos of the cult of celebrity is investigated as well. i feel connected to his twisted slice of America. there are pictures of lines of soup cans as well as a mountain of golden sand. zen. a quality , gifted photographer can notice things that we cannot. they are true artists. david byrne's collection of abstract & surreal photos will shock the eyes with his vision & lower us down to his level of soul mining.
A lavish photographic mélange with superimposed bits and pieces of poignant thoughts and poetic like arrangements of words, STRANGE RITUALS by the author's own admission began as a mindless activity, capturing photographs of 'religious artifacts, shop window displays, isolated structures in the landscape, hotel and airport room details, the public writing of 'lunatics', books, bungalows, performing chairs, faded signs, and spot-lit objects', all of which when viewed through his camera lens (and in retrospect) 'seem to be searching for the sacred'. 'When something makes us feel strange it often makes us feel good too...Strange = Good'.
Byrne traveled the world (Ireland, India, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Germany, Portugal, Israel, Turkey, America, Mexico, Argentina, etc) capturing richly colorful images that arrest the viewer's mind and plead for explanation...at first reading. Then, after reading the author's thoughts and an interview with Creative Camera's Chris Titterington, the focus of the book changes and it becomes more an experience than a curiosity. Much of the impact of the book is due to the design of Gary Koepke and the production assistance by Sarah Caplan and Robin Weiss. The result: an endlessly fascinating trek through images that make us pause and re-evaluate our own concept of the meaning and importance of Ritual. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 06