Serpent's Chronicle

Serpent's Chronicle

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The story of Adam and Eve powerfully retold in photographs, from an unexpected viewpoint

With his last book, Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists, Neil Folberg - already well known as a photographer of landscape and architecture - took his work in a surprising, and successful, new direction, using costumed actors and carefully arranged settings to reconstruct the milieux of some of the world’s most beloved artists. Serpent’s Chronicle represents a further evolution of Folberg’s interest in staged photography: here, the images form a continuous narrative, namely, the story of Adam and Eve, as seen through the eyes of the Serpent. For this ambitious exercise in pictorial storytelling, acted by modern dancers and set in a wild Mediterranean valley, Folberg draws upon the full range of his artistic resources as a photographer in color and black and white, and of the landscape, the human figure, and even the
night sky; the result, according to ARTnews, is a series of “lush depictions” that use “subtle anachronism, metaphor, and theatricality to memorable effect.”

To memorable effect and, one might add, in a spirit of serious spiritual inquiry; Folberg’s imaginative retelling of the story, based on an ancient oral tradition and accompanied by a poetic text, addresses the profound questions inherent in the biblical account. For instance, how could there be a state of paradise with only one human inhabitant? And how could conflict be avoided if there were two? Presenting Adam and Eve as Everyman and Everywoman, in a time and place at once archetypal and contemporary, Folberg shows us that the story of Eden is the true prototype of every human relationship and endeavor.

The story of Adam and Eve powerfully retold in photographs, from an unexpected viewpoint

With his last book, Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists, Neil Folberg - already well known as a photographer of landscape and architecture - took his work in a surprising, and successful, new direction, using costumed actors and carefully arranged settings to reconstruct the milieux of some of the world’s most beloved artists. Serpent’s Chronicle represents a further evolution of Folberg’s interest in staged photography: here, the images form a continuous narrative, namely, the story of Adam and Eve, as seen through the eyes of the Serpent. For this ambitious exercise in pictorial storytelling, acted by modern dancers and set in a wild Mediterranean valley, Folberg draws upon the full range of his artistic resources as a photographer in color and black and white, and of the landscape, the human figure, and even the
night sky; the result, according to ARTnews, is a series of ?lush depictions” that use ?subtle anachronism, metaphor, and theatricality to memorable effect.”

To memorable effect and, one might add, in a spirit of serious spiritual inquiry; Folberg’s imaginative retelling of the story, based on an ancient oral tradition and accompanied by a poetic text, addresses the profound questions inherent in the biblical account. For instance, how could there be a state of paradise with only one human inhabitant? And how could conflict be avoided if there were two? Presenting Adam and Eve as Everyman and Everywoman, in a time and place at once archetypal and contemporary, Folberg shows us that the story of Eden is the true prototype of every human relationship and endeavor.


Book News
This unusual book tells the story of Adam and Eve from the serpent's perspective in poetic, brief text and images. Each page has a line or several lines of narrative and faces a full-page color photo. Folberg is a Jerusalem-based photographer and gallery owner whose work has been widely exhibited. An interview with him and a foreword and afterword by authors Joseph Skibell and Allen Hoffman support the presentation. The book measures 10x10". Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York :, Abbeville Press Publishers,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Description: 83 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780789211385
Branch Call Number: 779. 2 Fol

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