Photographs by Sasha Bezzubov.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2009. 64 pp., 32 four color illustrations., 12x13".
In the American west during the last 35 years, the number of
fires increased by a factor of four; the average fire went from
lasting a week to lasting five; the total area burned increased by
six and a half times; and the average fire season increased by
78 days. All of which is to say, as Bill McKibben points out in
his introduction to Wildfire, we really shouldn’t be calling them
wildfires any more. Sasha Bezzubov has gained wide recognition
for his photographs of natural disasters in his ongoing project
“Things Fall Apart.” Wildfire, the artist’s first monograph, is
comprised of 32 large-scale photographs of the aftermath of forest
fires in California. Using the genre of landscape photography,
a tradition born with and used to celebrate industrial expansion,
these photographs evidence the fragility of the man-made as it is
transformed into dreamscapes of apocalyptic proportions.
“The cycle of destruction and regeneration, of death and birth, is a
reality that is not subject to human contravection. Despite the muted
palette, these pictures present stunning vistas of natural wreckage that
mirror man-made war zones. The vastness of the devastation is at once
appalling and breathtaking” — Mary Hrbacek, New York Art World