Photographs by Fazal Sheikh.
Fundacion Mapfre, Madrid, 2009. 330 pp., Black & white illustrations, 5 gatefolds, 10x12¼".
Sheikh follows in the footsteps of a great tradition of documentary photography, seeking to reflect the realities of the most underprivileged peoples of different third world countries. His meticulously composed, vivid black and white portraits that are taken from a classical frontal perspective reveal the inherent humanity of his subjects. Documenting works presented as part of a major retrospective of the photographer, this stunning and thought-provoking edition is timelessly presented with images reproduced one per page and printed on thick glossy paper. Chronologically arranged and covering some eighteen years of travels to such places as Kenya, Bhutan, Somalia, Cuba and India, the book also features a number of substantial and engaging essays.