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Miguel Rio Branco
Entre os olhos, o deserto (First edition)

Photographs by Miguel Rio Branco

Text by David Levi Strauss (English / Portuguese)

Design by Jean Yves Cousseau

Cosac Naify, 2001

First edition (out of print)


170 pp. + 38 foldouts, color illustrated throughout

140 x 140 x 25 mm mm

ISBN 9788575030721

Item #0409

0.700 0409 Sold Out

Entre os olhos, o deserto | Between the eyes, the desert DVD Preview

This ambitiously conceived project is the photo book version of a power bar—thick, rich, at times hard to chew, but re-energizing nonetheless. There is no opening text whatsoever. One is thrown immediately into Rio Branco's visual world, the first scenes of which are a vast desert. But from here the viewer is led haphazardly through a free-association of dream-like imagery.

Every other page is a fold-out, each time producing a triptych of full-bleed photographs. A gathering of living artifacts and clues seems to be taking place, yet, quite intentionally it seems, no over-arching picture emerges. This is a questioning process, as David Levi Strauss' poetic text 'Between the eye, the desert: In the Dark', with overt references to Plato's cave, makes clear. The accompanying DVD Between the eyes, the desert, with installation views of the slide installation and additional images by the photographer, sets the entire book in motion.

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