by Xavier Roy

Xavier Roy’s breathtaking photographs of Egypt offer us a haunting vision of a country and its people. Roy draws us into Egypt’s mystique, its scintillating waters, bucolic vistas, ruins, and places of worship. We observe the correspondences of shape and texture, perspective and repetition, light and shadow, and the vitality in the mundane and commonplace. A photograph of an acacia tree is juxtaposed with one of birds in flight, their formation and movement echoing the outline and feather-like aspect of the tree. The sea, both formless and metallic, can be an expression of the emotions of the woman who looks at it, or an image of ambivalence and uncertainty, of life and death.

July 2010 |£20| 280 pp| Hardback | 9781910376614