woensdag 16 september 2009

India Cuny Janssen Artist Book Photography

JANSSEN, CUNY - - India: Foto's van Cuny Janssen. SIGNED.
(Amsterdam), Privately published, 2002. Booklet, 32 x 24 cms., consisting of 16 pp. including 15 colour plates showing portraits of Indian youngsters wrapped in 12 blank leaves, 38 x 27 cms., with minor letterpress on the lower side, stapled. Loosely inserted an envelope containing a card with title of the publication, hand-numbered in red ink (421). Copy from an edition of 450 copies.

Dutch photographer Cuny Janssen’s landscapes and portraits of children track her travels from Iran to India, Macedonia, France, and back to the Netherlands. Her social concern is evident in the choice of locations and subjects, and even in her timing: she went to Macedonia after ethnic violence had left many families displaced. Although the sitters are not identified by name in her final works, Janssen spends a substantial amount of time with each child and his or her family. What emerges is a highly contemplative body of work, and an ultimately optimistic view of matters of survival and beauty. Janssen cites among her influences Thomas Struth, Robert Adams, eighteenth-century Swiss portrait painter Ferdinand Hodler and Marcel Proust.

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