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BELPAIRE, Christian.
Dejaste atrás lo lejano [You Left Behind What is Distant].
Caracas: Ediciones Fundación Neumann, 1985.

(295 x 270 mm), pp.113 (including 2 gatefolds), [7]. 66 colour and 23 black-and-white photographs, design by John Lange. Light green printed endpapers. Green textured paper-covered boards, upper side lettered in blind; light toning to page edges, a couple of small white paint marks to cloth edge. Photo-illustrated dust-jacket; light scratching and rubbing to jacket with shallow indentations from writing to upper panel. Near-fine in a very good or better dust-jacket.

First edition. Christian Belpaire was a Belgian photojournalist and advertising photographer. These photographs are of the Yanomami Indians who live in the Amazon Rainforest along the border between Venezuela and Brazil. The subjects are often in ceremonial dress and make-up, and many have incorporated Western goods such as nail clippers, plastic items and pieces of clothing into their dress, items they have received from Western visitors as a compensation for the loss incurred in having their photograph taken. They are clearly already used to putting on shows for visitors. The design and typography were recognized at the Exposicion Internacional del arte del libro, 1989. It was also selected for the ‘Venezuela en Leipzig’ exhibition of graphic design at the Sala Trasnocho Arte Contacto, Caracas in 2007, and an exhibition of Venezuelan Photo Books and Catalogues at the International Center of Photography, New York in 2010.

The Latin American Photobook pp.112-3.

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