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Talking Heads' founder David Byrne--consummate musician, intrepid traveler, and inspired photographer--depicts with mixed emotions the many bizarre incongruitites he has encountered in his journeys to Japan, India, Mexico, Indonesia, and throughout the United States. 200 color photos.
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Chronicle Books
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Joseph Smith
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
well i am a surrealistic thinker. david byrne has always fascinated me no matter if he is an innovative producer, lead vocalist or photographer. the Talking Heads were vital & influential for the music world. i did not know that he was also a noteworthy fotobug. i think everyone will dig the abstractions of these prints. you can appreciate the Pop Art homage to Andy Warhol. there is a colour photo of a limestone factory where the light radiates an otherworldly hue. personally, it is reminiscent ...more
Cody
Aug 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting exploration of religious devotion — particularly religious icons and places — from around the world through photos and short essays. His juxtapositions of the sacred and profane are thought-provoking, but perhaps even more so are the scenes he's discovered where the sacred comes close to being the profane, or vice versa. For example a table of sunglasses for sale on one page and a table of Jesus figurines on the opposite. Byrne doesn't put forth any conclusions about humanity's ri ...more
Rizelle Adriana
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Found this in a secondhand bookstore in Vancouver, BC. I took it home and flipped through it a million times. With bits of poetry and candid photography, Strange Ritual takes readers through doorways and churches and restrooms and bedrooms and factories and seemingly personal vignettes to examine: our strange rituals.
Kristy
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A perfectly David Byrne-y compilation of photographs and text -- some small captions, some short essays. The pictures are grouped by theme, individually beautiful or intriguing, but more powerful in their groups. A key at the back of the book gives a place and date for each photo, letting the images stand for themselves. An interview with Byrne at the end highlights some of his artistic goals, but doesn't pin anything down too much. Really a delightful read, and fun to flip through multiple time ...more
Maria
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's not his fault. It's probably not mine either. I'm simply not on his wavelength. Though I appreciate his search for the sacred in the banal. Reminds me of Every Motel On the Strip (or whatever that one book of mundane photography was called). At least he does not claim this to be art. Fans of David Byrne will likely be able to connect to this much more deeply than I was. Likewise, lovers of ordinary things viewed from odd angles.
Michael Anderson
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting book, photographs and text. Not what I thought I was ordering, nor would I buy it if I found it in a bookstore, but it was engaging enough to occupy my mind for a quick readthrough. Not everyone's cuppa, but another example of Byrnes's amazing creativity.
Haruna
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-the-best
there are so much learn to edit photographs, and words from this book. it is currently missing in my bookshelf... where is it? I need it.
Evan
Aug 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
great photos by Byrne. Better than most of the stuff he's released more recently.
Aaron the Pink Donut
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, music
great book. David Byrne's 150+ page photo essay on the nature of art, religion, and life. The Sacred, much like art is a matter of context.
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A cofounder of the musical group Talking Heads, David Byrne has also released several solo albums in addition to collaborating with such noted artists as Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, and Brian Eno. His art includes photography and installation works and has been published in five books. He lives in New York and he recently added some new bike racks of his own design around town, thanks to the Depar ...more

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