Leila Jeffreys: Des oiseaux

Leila Jeffreys: Des oiseaux
Library Shelf Location 18.JEFF
Publication Date 11 Jun 2020

With this book Leila Jeffreys takes us on a journey through tropical forests and jungles all over the world towards astonishing bird species that she has been taking studio portraits of since 2008: “I’ve long noticed how many birds have specific expressions, just like us”, she explains. Jeffreys’ images, which rely on a profound connection with her sitters cultivated over many years, are an exercise in both artistry and empathy. Cultivating the art of waiting, Jeffreys develops a gallery of whimsical and hyper-realist portraits where all the birds come attired in their most beautiful finery with sumptuous plumage colours. One by one, they let their character shine through: graceful, mischievous, shy, proud, timid, poseur, all of which seem to want to chat to the viewer. Her practice underlines how humans anthropomorphise animals and what we really do share. 

This publication is part of the Des oiseaux (On birds) collection celebrating, through the vision of different artists, their immense presence in a world where they are now vulnerable. Accompanying these photographs, the ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre writes a special essay.

ISBN 9782365112321
Quantity 1
Pages 89pp, 21.1 x 26.6 cm
Authors Guilhem Lesaffre, Leila Jeffreys
Format Hardcover
Publisher Editions Xavier Barral
Related Artist Leila Jeffreys
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords photography, Birds

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