With this collection of photographs, interspersed with evocative quotations about sleep and dreaming, Scianna takes us and himself on a fascinating journey into a dimension of life that is natural and mysterious, necessary and disturbing, everyday and universal. Usually the camera freezes movement, isolating a single moment in the endless flux of reality, but here, on the contrary, the stillness of the image is of its essence. Through the mystery of sleep, life itself, like the photographic image, becomes static, as if in suspense.
Scianno's rich black and white images are reproduced in warm sepia tones alongside aphorisms and phrases about sleep penned by such writers as Ernest Hemingway, Dante, Edgar Allen Poe, and Christina Rosetti. One phrase in Sir Philip Sydney seems to capture the spirit of the collection:
Come, Sleep! Oh Sleep, the certain knot of peace, The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, The poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release, The indifferent judge between the high and low.
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Hardcover : 124 pages