Light, shadow & spirit: on the path of a picture-family of life-reflections

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Speranza, Jan 1, 2003 - Photography - 173 pages
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Edward Steichen's large group of photographers that created the very famous "Family of Man" Group-Exhibition and Book in 1955 inspired David Joseph Marcou's (director/co-editor's) large group of photographers that created "Light, Shadow, & Spirit" in 2003, to produce a similarly impressive collection of photos from around the world. Many symbolic links between the two collections in book-form have been created, from babies just-born to veterans passed, and a tremendous amount of life in-between. Henri Cartier-Bresson and Bert Hardy representations are in both books, too. L,S, & S suggests too, then, the range of life and death we all live through, in more than 600 photos, BW and Color. Both photobooks are artfully presented (Lurene Larson laid-out L,S, & S), and if you don't like all the photos, you will like many of them. From an antique writing desk and bedstead (both photographed by Matt Marcou), to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC (by David), Greek ruins in Sicily and a cemetery at Normandy (both by Fr. Roger Scheckel), to the Mona Lisa (photographed by Tom Marcou), to an American Flag in Shelbyville, Tennessee (by Veita Jo Hampton), and back to an Eagle Statue (by co-editor Steve Kiedrowski) in this group's headquarters-city, La Crosse, still-lifes suggest that the multitude of people pictured here too, whether in close-cropped North and South Korea or in a Papal Greeting in Rome or in a Native American Moment with John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Wisconsin, we all have been living in very interesting times. And as one linking caption states: "Sometimes you can open a door...and meet a Saint (Mother Teresa)." The extended family and friends of this group are included in L,S, & S, as were the extended family and friends of Steichen's group. That's because today's "Family of Man" is a "Family of Humanity", as was Steichen's. It isn't often that large groups of photographers create a work as unified by diversity as "The Family of Man", but "Light, Shadow, & Spirit" has done so, beautifully at that.  


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