Paolo Pellegrin – Des oiseaux
A member of the Magnum agency, Paolo Pellegrin is one of the great photojournalists of his generation. The visual power of his images bears witness to the political, economic and ecological upheavals of the world. His inquisitive mind leads him to put his lens on subjects that are sometimes more contemplative, where nature holds a major place. Thus, during a stay in Japan, the photographer, who went to attend the famous sakura zensen or cherry blossom, is seized by the majesty of a colony of eagles. In Kyoto, the Shimogamo temple, located in the delta of the Kamo-Gawa river, stands in the heart of the Tadasu no Mori forest, or “forest of truth”. This Shinto shrine, dating back to the 7th century, is nestled in the middle of a primary forest populated by eagles.
Hovering above the visitors, emerging from the foliage with their wings spread, the eagles fly close to the photographer. Their dazzling speed is captured in tight framing: the birds seem to jump out of the frame or fly out of it at full speed. The choreographies follow one another: as a soloist, in duet or in group, these fascinating birds of prey seem to glide through space. Standing out against saturated black and white skies, Pellegrin’s eagles stare at us, challenge us, surprise us. Their majesty forces the admiration: they glide, sketch many acrobatics. Their remiges become fingers, their wings become capes. Defying the laws of gravity, immersed in the depths of the undergrowth, Pellegrin’s birds invite us to enter a mysterious and ghostly world, where only the animal presence reigns.
Publisher: Atelier EXB
Text: Guilhem Lesaffre
Format: bound, 20,5 x 26 cm
Pages: 104 pages, 50 photographs B&W
|Dimensions||20.5 × 26 cm|
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