The Leu Family's: Family Iron

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Trolley, May 1, 2003 - Art - 207 pages
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In 1976 Felix Leu, a Swiss-born traveller, began his apprenticeship at Jock's Tattoo Shop in King's Cross, London. For almost 30 years Felix and his family travelled the world, learning their crafts and art. They now practice at their famous studios in Lausanne. In addition to Japanese and Indian styles, they are also linguists of the African traditions, having worked with Berber tribesmen, along with Indonesian, Polynesian and North American Indian masters. The photographer Fabio Paleari has documented the studio and the designs of the Leu family's work in Lausanne. The results are phenomenal; no-one with skin can expect to be unaffected by his photographs, nor anyone who has admired the work of the tattooist, from Polynesia to King's Cross.

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Fabio Paleari was born in Milan in 1963. After finishing his studies in photography at UCLA, Paleari divided his time between advertising photography--collaborating with such famed names as Vogue and Saatchi & Saatchi--and photographing his extensive travels in Latin America, Australia, and Morocco. Paleari is also a filmmaker, and has collaborated with Italian television on a documentary film about Allen Ginsberg and another about the Leu family.

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