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Des Oiseaux.

Photographs by Leila Jeffreys.
XAVIER BARRAL, Paris, France, 2020. In English. 96 pp., 47 color illustrations, 8x10½".

Publisher's Description

Leila Jeffreys takes us on a journey through the tropical forests and jungles of Papua New Guinea and Australia, where she has been taking studio portraits of the astonishing bird species 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 combined with long photographic exposures, Jeffreys develops a gallery of whimsical and hyper-realist portraits where all the birds come attired in their most beautiful finery with sumptuous plumage colors. 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 anthropomorphize 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.

About the Limited Edition

Limited Edition of 30: The box set includes a slipcased copy of the book with a SIGNED and numbered print.
Print size: 7½x9½ inches


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