Fazal Sheikh: Ether by Fazal SheikhFazal Sheikh: Ether by Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh: Ether

By (photographer)Fazal Sheikh

Hardcover | August 15, 2013

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The pictures in Ether--Fazal Sheikh's first book in color--were made as a way to honor the experience of death and to try to comprehend its significance. Benares (Varanasi) is one of India's sacred cities, where many Hindus come to die in the belief that they will find salvation. As he walked its streets by night, Sheikh observed sleeping figures, shrouded in blankets, lost to an oblivion that seemed, in that holy city, to offer a simulacrum of death. In watching these ambiguous figures, which hover in the imagination between a dream state, sleep and death, Sheikh recalled his own experience with his dying father and their passage together through his father's final days. He remembered it as an invaluable period of emotional connection with the body and soul of the person he knew and loved, a connection that reached back to his paternal ancestors, who had travelled south from northern India a century before. To lose oneself in sleep is to abandon the senses and leave the way open to a dream state in which mind and body separate.
Title:Fazal Sheikh: EtherFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:88 pages, 12.5 × 8.25 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:12.5 × 8.25 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:SteidlLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:386930653X

ISBN - 13:9783869306537