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SODO.  Photographs by Phyllis Galembo.
 
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SODO.

Photographs by Phyllis Galembo.
Datz Press, 2021. In English. 72 pp., 8¾x11¼".

Signed copies available!
Publisher's Description

Reviewed in Blind Magazine, March 23, 2022.

"34 black-and-white photos of the men, women and children of Haiti taking ritual baths and engaging in encounters with Vodou deities in a sacred waterfall near Ville Bonheur...

How Galembo succeeded in picturing — with just a simple point-and-shoot camera — the sacred sublime of the communion of devotees and guardians of the deep is beyond me. But, I am reminded again of the power of inspired photography to make visible the ineffable and the metaphysical." 
— Chika Okeke-Agulu

“To my amazement, when the film was processed, I saw the spirit reveal itself in remarkable ways.” — Phyllis Gallembo

In the heart of Haiti there is a sacred place called Sodo, meaning “waterfall” in French. It is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared there amongst the foliage of a palm tree, to a farmer in 1840; the pilgrimage in Sodo was started with a new spiritual meaning, combined with the local religion. This book is full of the images from the spiritual ritual taken by Phyllis Galembo from 1997 to 2001. For those who want forgiveness of their sins, those who are grateful, and those who wish more to realize, all gather to soak and cleanse in the sacred waterfall. In the place of forgiveness and blessing, Galembo left behind the heavy and awkward professional equipment she had used earlier to document their traditional dress. Instead she loaded several underwater point-and-shoot cameras with black and white film, hoping the spirit would reveal itself. And, like those who leave with joy, she also found her film containing mysterious and magical moments.

About the Limited Edition:

Signed and numbered in an edition of 30. Includes one 11"x7.5" archival pigment print (pictured below)



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