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Max Pam
Ramadan in Yemen

Photographs by Max Pam

Text by Max Pam

Design by Max Pam, Pierre Bessard, Titus Nemeth

Éditions Bessard, 2012

Edition of 1,000 numbered copies (out of print)

Hardcover with cloth-covered clamshell box with tipped-on photograph

92 pp. , b&w illustrated throughout, with color ephemera

box 280x20 mm / book 255 x 255 mm

ISBN 978-2-9537204

Item #1086

1.650 1086 EUR 100.00 Add to Cart

Featured in The Photobook: A History volume III

What could I say about Yemen that did it justice. I tried in my journal to work it honestly. I tried with 60 rolls of black and white 120 film to translate the experience. That hot, spare and beautiful Ramadan. 

No eating or drinking anything between sunrise and sunset. The faithful waiting for the moment. The cannon booms from the mosque in the afterglow of the day. KABOUMMM and a frenzy of quat buying, tea drinking and food eating begins in the suqs and squares and oases and towns all over the country. Everyone happy, elated laughing and joking sitting down together as one nation. 

And you know what, people always wanted me to share and be part of their Ramadan, their community, their Yemen. I travelled all over the country with them. To Shibam, Taizz, Al Mukallah, Sanaa, over the desert, by the sea and into the mountains. The shared taxis were always a half past dead Peugeot 405’s with sometimes 10 or 12 people jammed in. 

The 92 pages of this book give my version of that unforgettable Ramadan month. An experience freely given to me by the generosity of Yemeni people.

— Max Pam

"Ramadan in Yemen demonstrates Max Pam's usual flamboyant bookmaking style. It is not simply a photobook but a travel diary, complete with writings, sketches and ephemera, sometimes stuck around his photographs. (...) It should also be noted that the production is splendid." in The Photobook: A History volume III

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