- Gebundene Ausgabe: 720 Seiten
- Verlag: Taschen GmbH; Auflage: First ed. (3. November 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 3822846546
- ISBN-13: 978-3822846544
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 29,6 x 5,4 x 30 cm
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Transit: Around the World in 1000 Families (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 3. November 2006
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Part travel journal, part scrapbook, this unique book traces the four-year, 250,000-km journey of photographer Uwe Ommer during the making of TASCHEN's "1000 Families". Called a "family album of planet earth," "1000 Families" is a vast collection of portraits taken by Ommer in over 130 countries in all corners of the world. Naturally, a voyage of such epic proportions bears its fair share of anecdotes, adventures, mishaps, and souvenirs, and Transit traces the experience via stories and images. From closed borders and broken bridges to late rainy seasons, curious customs officers, thieves, coups d'etat, raging fevers, and a far from "unbreakable" Land Rover, Ommer found truth in the maxim "just about everything that can go wrong, will." This amusing and original compilation paints a vivid picture of what it's like to travel to the most remote corners of the globe for four years, meeting countless people and observing the great cultural and social similarities and differences that mark the human race.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Uwe Ommer was born in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, in 1943. Ommer became fascinated with photography at a young age and in 1962 moved to Paris, where he initially worked as a photographer's assistant. Within a few years, he opened his own photography studio, primarily shooting fashion and advertising photos. Quickly gaining respect for his work in Paris, Ommer began showing in local galleries and eventually published his first book Photoedition Uwe Ommer in 1979, a collection of personal and advertising works. In the following years, he would publish five more books of his photographs. In 1995, Ommer drastically changed gears and decided to embark on an ambitious project: to document all types of families on every continent at the turn of the millennium. Armed with a Landrover, Rolleiflex camera, portable studio, and one assistant, Ommer visited 130 countries in the following four years, interviewing and photographing over 1000 families. Returning to Paris in 2000, Ommer had an enormous collection of photographs illustrating the human "family" in its current and diverse state. TASCHEN published 1000 Families in 2000, coinciding with the first public exhibition of the portraits, in Cologne. Since then, the exhibition has toured the world. In 2002, Uwe Ommer was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society for the impact of his lifetime of work.
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The whole journey is in six sections starting in Europe, July 1996, Africa, February 1997 (this continent gets a huge 240 pages, as Uwe more or less travels round the entire coast) back to Europe again in May 1998, North and Central America, September 1998, South America, January 1999 and finally the Middle East and Asia July 1999, oh yes a quick visit to Australia, Japan and China in December 1999.
The format of the book is perhaps the most unusual aspect, it is entirely designed as a scrapbook, which perfectly lends itself to a travelogue. Most spreads have a dominant family portrait (as used in the '1000 Families' book) with other pictures showing where and how these folks live plus plenty of printed items (banknotes, receipts, stamps, contact prints, maps, scraps of local newspapers and more) and also other objects like local fruit and vegetables, stones or tourist trinkets and finally a blank colored shape for the text. It is the way these two hundred plus still-life spreads have been designed that I thought was most impressive especially considering the amount of visual items used, each one has been carefully positioned so that everything works.
Though there is plenty to look at on each spread Uwe's detailed text is a joy to read because he has a delightful down to earth style (I understand that the text was originally written in French so whoever translated it into English did a brilliant job). This becomes evident when he tells of the endless problems with poorly paid civil servants in the third world especially the local police and customs. He also writes interesting captions to all the family portraits. I think it's worth a comment on these family photos, though they are all taken with a looking-at-the-camera style everyone looks relaxed and informal probably because they were photographed where they lived and nicely against a white backdrop that Uwe carried in his Land Rover. These photos give the impression that you could easily walk up to these folk and pass the time of day.
I think Transit is a remarkable travel book (any print designer will love it) showing how millions of people live in small cities and rural areas of the world in a family of man.
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