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Under Skies of Blue and Grey
Photographs by Amin El Dib
Amin El Dib’s comprehensive series ›Staged portraits‹ has been presented in a big solo show in Berlin lately.
Simultaneously the photographer’s new book with landscape photographs in colour has been published by Peperoni Books:›Under Skies of Blue and Grey‹.
The series was originally titled ›Walking the Dog‹. For many years, Amin El Dib strolled the woods and fields together with his dog. On many different routes, and on all of them many times. Routine often leads to inattentiveness, but Amin El Dib kept his eyes open, was curious and as a photographer of course interested in new images. And he found them.
Wide valleys and tree-covered mountains, green meadows and dense undergrowth, autumn leaves and snowy landscapes. All in the open. But no piece of pristine nature around. Each picture shows, sometimes brutal, but often barely visible, how people have transformed their environment to cultural landscape and how the landscape has recorded these interventions without judgement. Amin El Dib’s images hurt anyway.