First Things First
Andreas Fiedler (Ed.)
First Things First catalogs a stylized selection of images from Zürich-based Iranian photographer Shirana Shahbazi’s (b. 1974) various series created over the last decade and exhibited at the KINDL Berlin (2017). The 47 color photographs comprising this slender publication are not categorically or linearly organized but free of hierarchy. Shahbazi embraces a wide variety of photographic styles, subjects and techniques using various traditional photographic printing processes, and displays them together on each page to create a dynamic visual journey that bridges the real and the subliminal. Fruit and flower still lives are placed alongside unspectacular landscapes, casual urban scenes alongside geometric shapes and colored compositions in contrast with black-andwhite images. Shahbazi’s color-saturated images alternate between abstraction and representation. Seen together, they highlight similarities between pictures from different genres and point to structural parallels between inside and outside, organic and manufactured and natural and constructed landscapes. Brief essays by writer/critic Jens Asthoff and KINDL artistic director Andreas Fiedler.
9 ½ x 13 in. / 24 pp / 47 color
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