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Bird Hand Book.  Photographs by Victor Schrager. Text by A.S. Byatt.

Bird Hand Book.

Photographs by Victor Schrager. Text by A.S. Byatt.
Graphis, New York, 2001. 128 pp., 70 duotone illustrations, 8¾x12".

The beauty of Schrager's photographs lies not so much in the subject matter--though there is an undeniable attractiveness to the feathered creatures portrayed--as it does in his approach to the subject. It has been said that beauty is the persuasive aspect of truth, a relationship that Schrager has imbibed and invested in the work. The sincerity of the photographer coupled with the unabashed presence of these animals--perched as they are on the hands of faceless and countless handlers--is what immediately grabs the viewer. These birds are not presented as commercial objects nor as perfect specimens, isolated against a seamless backdrop in a spotless studio. Rather, they squirm and resist, acquiesce and bide time, held as they are by the hands of man; the dynamic at play between bird and hand greatly informs this work; indeed, it speaks of life itself.

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