By Pancho Saula
Afterword by Joel Meyerowitz
“Madagascar is not a travel book about the beauties of this place, or its people. I opened this slender volume and was immediately taken into the personal, poetic, and very tactile experience that the artist had when he was there. The work is delicately balanced, frame by frame, to offer the reader the intimate sensations Pancho had of the light, the textures, the spaces that we too might notice—even things as insubstantial as the weight of shadows under the tropical sun—and he subtlety suggests as well the kinds of lives lived there in all their quotidian and understated simplicity. But what is truly beautiful to me is the delicately whispered ambiguity of meaning that the photographs carry.
These pairings and runs of images produced a hypnotic poise that brought to my mind the mirage of what I call the “third voice”: the sensation that occurs when sequenced images produce a shimmering sense of a new meaning which isn’t in either the preceding or following photographs, but is the product of their being seen together. It is in this way that the book produces its poetics of place, and I came away from it feeling the immediate desire to immerse myself in it again. And I have.”
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Hardcover. 64 pages. First edition of 1.500 copies. Each of the 33 black and white artworks of Madagascar is a lithographic reproduction of an original gelatin silver print.