Listening to Cement.

Photographs by Robert Stivers. Text by John Stauffer.
Arena Editions, Santa Fe, 2000. In English. 112 pp., 60 four-color illustrations, 9½x12".



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Publisher's Description

Robert Stivers has quickly emerged as one of the foremost contemporary photographers. In this, his second book of photographs in three years, Stivers extends, deepens, and complicates the themes of mystery and movement, sensuality and spirituality, and the search for individual identity that occupied him in his first book, Robert Stivers: Photographs (1997). In his new work, he juxtaposes the human figure with architectural images, thus pointing to the reciprocity between consciousness and a sense of place that is central to an understanding of the self. The aesthetic throughout couples out-of-focus images with rich and subtle textures and tones.

The effect is a collection of breathtaking images that are wonderfully coherent and at once haunting and mysterious, deeply spiritual, and perfectly choreographed. Figures dance around and through columns and curves of stone. In Stivers's vision, nothing is ever static; there is constant movement and continual flux, not only of the self but also of time and place. He seems to suggest that the quest for identity resides in a void of disorientation, but a void that can be redeemed by the wonderment and mystery of an unseen spiritual world. At the turn of the millennium, these images offer an antidote to the loss of faith in a postmodern world and an alternative to the overrehearsed axiom that God is dead and there is no autonomous self. It is an extraordinary accomplishment.

"Stivers seems to suggest that the quest for identity resides in a void of disorientation, but a void that can be redeemed by the mystery of spirituality. "
-John Stauffer


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