India Holy Song
by Xavier Zimbardo
Publisher's Description
Travelling the length and breadth of India, Zimbardo has captured the colorful diversity of the people and the exuberant abandonment of their religious practices. A rich and glorious celebration of color, chaos, and ultimately contentment.
Amazon.com Review
Captured over a 15-year period, Xavier Zimbardo's India Holy Song records the exquisitely color-filled experience that pervades everyday life in India. The workaday environment of a textile-dyeing factory becomes a frenzy of whooshing fabric like a moment out of a Martha Graham performance. An expansive hillside landscape shows a mythically large tree dwarfing a man in the grassy field. Cows and dogs traverse the city streets. Each photograph captures a very different aspect of India, and each is full of tremendous energy, whether an intimate close-up of an elephant or a field of camels. Most energetic of all are the spectacular portraits of holy festivals: children painted like lions or dressed as Krishna, a crowd in the midst of being drenched in sacred colored powders.

A lovely foreword by writer Jhumpa Lahiri presents a very personal childhood experience of India. At the back of the book is a helpful little guide, replete with mini-pictures of the full-page images and explanations of when and where each is taken and a bit about the background of the photograph. This book will make you want to pack your bags and head straight for the airport to try to experience even a fraction of the vitality that's in these 135 color illustrations. --J.P. Cohen

ISBN: 0847822915
Publisher: Rizzoli
Hardcover : 144 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 11.3 x 12.8 x 1 inches
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