Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Horizons by Sze Tsung Leong

This week's Photo Book Tuesday selection examines everyone's favorite subject, the horizon line. In Horizons by Sze Tsung Leong, we are transported around the world where our only anchor resides in the earth meeting the sky. What drew me to this particular book was thinking about our recent financial mess, and I mean our as in global. It is a clear message that we are all connected on this planet. This book reinforces that message. Often times photography today seeks to use remoteness or isolation as a sales point. Not that anything is wrong with documenting a tribal festival in outer Mongolia, but here we are drawn to seek a common ground and view a thread that binds us together in something familiar.

From the publisher:
This first monograph to present the acclaimed Horizons series by Sze Tsung Leong is comprised of 36 images taken around the globe--all sharing a consistent horizon line. The softly colored and highly detailed images highlight similarities and differences across nations, cultures and landscapes--creating a spatial continuum out of geographically distant locations. 
Sze Tsung Leong was born in Mexico City in 1970 and currently lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His bookHistory Images was published by Steidl in 2006.

Published by Yossi Milo Gallery
36 Color photographs
November 1, 2008

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