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.)
Some of my photographs from 333 Saints will be in a slideshow in the exhibition “Timbuktu Renaissance” at the BOZAR museum in Brussels.
The show will be up from : 12/19/14-02/22/15
The exhibition includes some of Timbuktu’s ancient manuscripts as well as information on the traditions that surrounds these beautiful works of historic, religious, cultural, and artistic importance.
LEARN MORE: http://www.bozar.be/activity.php?id=15570&lng=en
The Photo-Eye Blog just published an interview with me on the making of my books.
I think it’s a pretty good read!
I know that the news from Mali is often buried under other headlines these days. So, I’ve put together this update for those of you who are interested, but may not have the time to seek-out these articles yourself!
You can read the update here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/333-saints-a-life-of-scholarship-in-timbuktu-book/posts/1060032
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The holidays are coming soon and beautiful books and prints make great presents!
So, the Kyoudai Press has decided to issue two of the black and white photographs from “333 Saints” as special limited editions.
Each photograph has been printed on archival Hahnemuhle Paper by Alexandra herself (and signed and numbered, of course).
Only 6 prints of each of these image are available in this size (8.5 by 11 inch paper size) and as part of the special “1 print + 1 book” set.
You can see the two chosen print below.
You can purchase the set through the Kyoudai Press bookstore.
In Koranic school—the most elementary level in the traditional pedagogy—students learn to write and read the Arabic alphabet by memorizing and copying passages of the Koran onto wooden slates. Once the text is learned, the words are washed off with water and replaced by the next lesson.
The Ziyarat, or devotions at the tombs of the ancestors and the 333 saints of Timbuktu, is a tradition influenced by Sufism. Many of the holy shrines to the city’s saints, like the one in this photograph, are UNESCO world heritage sites. In 2012, the militant Islamist groups that took over the city destroyed these shrines, calling the practice of the Ziyarat un-Islamic.
All the books have finally arrived!
Check-out the East or West page on the Kyoudai Press website to learn more and get a peak inside the cover:
I want to thank all of my crowd-funding backers again for their support as I published the book. My work as a photographer and a publisher is often solitary, but as I prepare each reward package, I’m reminded that, in the end, it’s a collaborative effort.
Just like a pilgrimage, I may have started the journey on my own, but by the end I’m surrounded by friends.
If you want to purchase copies of the book, it is available through:
The Kyoudai Press: http://www.kyoudaipress.com/
Direct Link to the book’s page: http://www.kyoudaipress.com/bookstore/
The Photo Eye Bookstore: http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/index.cfm
Direct Link to the book’s page: http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/citation.cfm?catalog=ZG030&i=&i2=9780986043710
All the best,
My last book on Timbuktu’s tradition of Islamic scholarship can also be found on the following sites. None of my books are currently available on Amazon.
Kyoudai Press: http://www.kyoudaipress.com/bookstore/
Photo Eye: http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/citation.cfm?catalog=ZF642&i=9780986043703&i2=
Page spread from “East or West”