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Hardcover Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9781367559110
  • 344 pages
  • $49.50
David Palazón
Author, Editor (anthology)
Timor Runguranga: A photographic journey through Timor-Leste

Adult; Art & Photography; (Market)

Eight years in the making, Timor Runguranga is an epic photobook, taking you on an unforgettable journey through the wild, wild east of Timor-Leste. An uncut diamond at the edge of the world, the country’s surreal and sublime nature is explored through a striking and vast collection of visual essays. David Palazón’s curious nature and unique sense of humour bring us close into the hearts and lives of Timorese people, capturing the fleeting, incidental moments of those he met on his journey through this young nation. A country of unparalleled beauty, yet unrivalled contradictions, where old traditions collide with new modern worlds, and the sacred meets the profane. This is the first contemporary photography book coming out from the youngest nation in Asia. It features carefully selected contributions by leading authors, artists, and photographers, giving further depth to this outstanding visual exploration of the young nation. An unconventional gem of a photobook, and a must-have for anyone interested in contemporary photography, visual anthropology and Timor-Leste. Miss it at your peril!
In this fascinating contemporary photography book, which was eight years in the making, photographer and writer Palazon crafts a highly visual study of Timor-Leste, focusing on the unique beauty of the Southeast Asian country and the contradictions of modern life. In addition to photos, the book contains short written pieces from 60 mostly Western contributors to illuminate aspects of the culture. Simão Barreto’s song “Call the Wind” celebrates the ritual ceremony calling the wind at the time of rice harvest, still guiding the day-to-day life of farming communities today. Anthropologist Sofia Miranda describes how difficult communication and transportation issues between Dili, the center of power, and rural areas, prevent projects from fully materializing and keep the population dependent on government assistance. Each contributor zeroes in on an intriguing facet of Timorese politics, culture, or history, together offering a kaleidoscopic look at the nation. Palazon’s many photographs, taken between 2008 and 2016, provide the most striking and lasting impression of Timor-Leste. Until the Timorese themselves document their culture, Palazon’s work will help readers outside the small country get to know it a little better. Color photos. (BookLife)

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2nd Edition launch + exhibition by Timor Aid

2nd edition public launch + exhibition at Timor Aid in Dili (Timor-Leste).

Acquired into International Library Collections

Acquired into several international collections, including The National Library of Australia, Victoria State Library, Charles Darwin University in Australia, and Fundação Oriente in Timor-Leste.

Acquired into SOAS and Universidade da Coruña libraries

Acquired into the collection at SOAS University of London (UK) and Universidade da Coruña (Spain).

Acquired into SOAS and Universidade da Coruña libraries.

Acquired into the collection at SOAS University of London (UK) and Universidade da Coruña (Spain).

Acquired into the collection to The Library Project (Ireland)

Acquired into the collection to The Library Project, run by the PhotoIreland Foundation, Dublin (Ireland).

Finalist at International Photography Festival Encontros da Imagem in Portugal

Finalist during the photobook market at Encontros da Imagem International Photography Festival in Braga (Portugal).

Invited to participate at Felifa, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Invited to participate at Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor – Felifa, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

One of the best 2016 books on SouthEast Asia by UCHSEAS

Selected one of the best 2016 photobooks by UHCSEAS – The Center of South East Asia Studies from the University of Hawaii.

Selected at the Lisbon’s PhotoBook Fair (Portugal)

Selected at the Lisbon’s PhotoBook Fair (Portugal).

Hardcover Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9781367559110
  • 344 pages
  • $49.50