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Photography: Spomenik by Jan Kempenaers

Posted By Daily Icon On May 9, 2011 @ 1:20 AM In Books,Photography Books | No Comments

The Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers undertook a laborious trek through the Balkans in order to photograph a series of these mysterious objects. He captures the Spomeniks in the misty mountain landscape at sundown. Looking at the photographs one must admit to a certain embarrassment. We see the powerful beauty of the monumental sculptures and we catch ourselves forgetting the victims in whose name they were built. This is in no way a reproach to the photographer, but rather attests to the strength of the images. After all, Kempenaers did not set out as a documentary photographer, but first and foremost as an artist seeking to create a new image. An image so powerful that it engulfs the viewer. He allows the viewer to enjoy the melancholy beauty of the Spomeniks, but in so doing, forces us to take a position on a social issue.

Spomenik by Jan Kempenaers [1], Published by Roma Publications, 64 pp, hardcover, 33x24cm
Buy the Book: Amazon [2]

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