2013 | Photography
by Sebastián Szyd
"Non-visibility does not stop Hindus from believing in the existence of Saraswati. Just as the multiple horizons on one side of this book are present independently of the acknowledgment of the viewer looking at the photographs on the other side." -Nandita Raman
Photographs by Sebastián Szyd
Text by Nandita Raman (in English, Spanish and Hindi)
Size: 11in x 8.5in (closed) 132in x 8.5in (open)
Accordion book printed on both sides
20 Duotone images
Edition: 300 numbered copies
Read an article (in Spanish) by Argentine photographer Marcos Zimmermmann (Radar, Página 12, Argentina, May 2015).
Click here to read an interview with Argentine photographer Sebastián Szyd.
Ten Photobooks from 2013 by International Center of Photography Library.
Click here to read a review (in Spanish) by Argentine photographer Marcos Zimmermann (Parte dos, Argentina, June 2013).
Ofrenda is also currently available for purchase in:
New York City, at the International Center of Photography Store, New York City, New York. (212) 857-0000
Buenos Aires, at Librería Anticuaria Poema 20. Esmeralda 869, Buenos Aires. (011) 4312-0199
Sebastián Szyd was born in 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1993 he took the first of many trips throughout Latin America. Three years later, he traveled to India for the first time, an experience that confirmed his interest in the photographic medium. Upon his return in 1996, Szyd began an extensive collaboration with the principal media agencies in Argentina. In 1999, he decided to go back to his travels in order to photograph without the restraints of his editorial work. For the next three years Szyd focused on the photographic essay “De la tierra” [From the Land], a meditation on families and childhood in rural areas of Argentina, and in 2004 he received a National Fund for the Arts Grant for this project. In 2003, Szyd began to photograph the life and customs of Andean communities in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, and in 2010, La Azotea Editorial Fotográfica published these images in América, his first monograph. In 2009 Szyd commenced “Las flores y las piedras” [Flowers and Stones], a series that he continued to develop until the end of 2012, for which he received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2010. Szyd returned to India in December of 2011, an opportunity that enabled him to photograph Ofrenda [Offering], a formal and spiritual reflection on his journeys. Szyd’s work has been exhibited and published in numerous individual and group contexts, and his images are part of public and private collections in Latin America, Europe, the United States and Japan. sebastianszyd.com
Nandita Raman was born in 1980 in Varanasi, India. She received an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies in 2012 from the International Center of Photography–Bard Program (New York). Her series “Cinema Play House” is part of the collection of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, and her works have been published in Harper’s Magazine, The Sunday Guardian, Marg Magazine, Elle India, Flair Italy, Outlook and Time Out Delhi. Raman was the recipient of a Daylight/ CDS Photo Awards Project Prize in 2010 and a Sarai Independent Study Fellowship in 2006.
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