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Strange Ritual: Words and Pictures (1995)

by David Byrne

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"David Byrne, inspired multi-media artist, brings to photography the same consummate eye for human idiosyncrasy that finds expression in his renowned music. Here in vivid color imagery and compelling words are many of the bizarre incongruities he has encountered during his travels around the world - a Mexican Aztec Hari Krishna, plastic Jesus babies for sale in a shop window, a tome revealing "The Truth About Mars." Chronicling Byrne's uncanny ability to see the unusual - even the sublime - among the mundane, these striking photographs and essays make Strange Ritual an extraordinary document of contemporary culture in our diverse world by one of its keenest observers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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My latest selection from the St. Denis bookshelf in exile is a photography and essay collection featuring some pretty wonderful (and sometimes incongruous) pictures Byrne took while traveling the world making music in the 1980s and 1990s. The photographs include series of devotional objects, street scenes, mass produced advertisements and consumer products, and (one of my favorite) odd book titles that Byrne has collected. Sometimes the images are presented alone and without comment, other times images are collaged together, juxtaposed, or exposed on top of each other. As you may imagine, David Byrne has a wonderful eye for detail, color, and humor and his collection of photography is really fun to flip through. The themes that run through the book hold the disparate series of images together and the variety keeps it from getting boring. This is one I could see coming back to again and again.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2016/09/strange-ritual-pictures-and-words-by.html ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Sep 10, 2016 |
great photos by Byrne. Better than most of the stuff he's released more recently. ( )
  evanroskos | Mar 30, 2013 |
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"David Byrne, inspired multi-media artist, brings to photography the same consummate eye for human idiosyncrasy that finds expression in his renowned music. Here in vivid color imagery and compelling words are many of the bizarre incongruities he has encountered during his travels around the world - a Mexican Aztec Hari Krishna, plastic Jesus babies for sale in a shop window, a tome revealing "The Truth About Mars." Chronicling Byrne's uncanny ability to see the unusual - even the sublime - among the mundane, these striking photographs and essays make Strange Ritual an extraordinary document of contemporary culture in our diverse world by one of its keenest observers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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