On October 16, 2015 the British Library Exhibition “West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song” opened to critical acclaim:
(Open until Tue 16 Feb 2016)
The event includes five photographs from Alexandra’s project “333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu.”
A great review of the show can be read in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/oct/16/british-library-west-africa-word-symbol-song-exhibition
On Thursday, October 15th, Alexandra spoke about her Timbuktu work at SOAS, University of London. The event was well attended and included an excellent question and answer exchange (at least from the perspective of the presenter!)
I’m very honored that one of my alma maters has published a feature article about “333 Saints” in the alumni magazine!
Alexandra Huddleston – “Land of Saints and Scholars.” (Doorways: Holton-Arms School Magazine Summer 2015: 18-23. Print.)
I’ve just uploaded a new short sequence of photographs of Jizō Bosatsu from the Shikoku pilgrimage in Japan (the trip that led to the book “East or West.”) This is a new sequence of some older work.
Description: Each photograph in this short series contains solace and heartbreak. These small stone statues of the Buddhist god Jizō Bosatsu can be found along roadsides throughout Japan, but they are particularly concentrated along the Shikoku 88-temple pilgrimage trail. Jizō Bosatsu is the deity of travelers, pregnant women, and children. Parents give offerings and tie baby-bibs on the statues in supplication for miscarried and aborted fetuses as well as in thanks for the protection of the living. On the pilgrimage trail, the Jizō define a landscape of faith but also one of death. Shot on film using a Mamiya VII camera, these photographs are studies in luminous detail that magnify the beauty, humor, and grief of life in its inseparable relationship to death.
Four photographs from the series “East or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage” are part of a group show organized by CENTER.
Titled “Immigration, Migration, and Evolving Boundaries” the exhibition is up at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts (Santa Fe, NM, USA) from June 1 – July 31, 2015.
The opening will be June 4 from 5pm – 7pm.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625009341047845/
JW: Journal of West African History is a brand new academic journal published by Michigan State University. Its first issue includes a review by David E. Skinner of three great works on Timbuktu’s ancient manuscripts.
One of those books is our 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu!
Also reviewed are The Meanings of Timbuktu and the video The Manuscripts of Timbuktu.
Learn more about the journal: http://jwah.msu.edu
A mixed review of East or West in aPhotoEditor, but the conclusion very nicely picks-up on my intention: it’s a book that only lives completely in the marriage of its text and image.
Thank you Charles Cecil for the lovely review of 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu in the March/ April edition of the magazine Aramco World!
Cecil, Charles O. “Suggestions for Reading, 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu.” Aramco World 66.2 (2015): 45. Print.
Yes! The Kyoudai Press has a NEW chapbook out. It’s our shortest book so far and the first in a series inspired by Brazil’s Literatura de Cordel.
The Kyoudai Press imprint was originally founded as a collaborative exploration of the reverberations between poetry and photography. With our newly launched Literatura de Cordel / String Literature series, we return to our roots and our mission to create beauty, not to etherize the mind, but rather as the strongest weapon in our battle against apathy, conformity, ignorance, and shallow thinking.
With photography by Alexandra Huddleston and poetry by Robert Huddleston, Amor Fati launches this new chapbook series that is based on Brazil’s popular folk poetry tradition of the literatura de cordel, or string literature. In northeast Brazil, poets and artists sell inexpensive, handmade chapbooks at fairs and markets. The covers are decorated with woodblock prints and the books are displayed suspended from strings. We have changed the form slightly to suit our media and aesthetic, but our literatura de cordel preserves the brevity, liveliness, and accessibility of the tradition.
LEARN MORE: http://www.kyoudaipress.com/amorfati
This interview had a particularly great set of question – especially if you want to learn more about how I got into the subject of pilgrimages!
“Walking Into Inspiration: Q&A with Photographer Alexandra Huddleston”
By Chana Schoenberger
I’m honored to announce that Elizabeth Avedon included East or West on her 2014 list:
“Best Photography Books of 2014….and Some Honorable Mentions”
Elizabeth Avedon – “Best Photography Books of 2014….and Some Honorable Mentions.”
(Elizabeth Avedon: Photographs + Books + Art + Vintage + Contemporary. Elizabeth Avedon, 21 Dec. 2014. Web.)