Honorable Mention / 2018 / Book (series Only) / Fine Art

Beyond light and shadows

  • Photographer
    Alin Barbir
  • Credit
    Title: Dincolo de lumină și umbre / Beyond light and shadows / Au-delà de la lumière et des ombres Photographer: Alin Barbir Text by: Irina-Maria Barbir Publisher: Romanian Academy. Center for Transylvanian Studies Size: Small Landscape, 9.06×7.09 inch (23×18 cm) Pages: 143 Plates:60 black & white plates Language: Romanian/English/French Hardcover – Over cover – Jacket – Postcard ISBN 978-606-8694-67-2 Edition of 100 copies

What do we find in this album, Beyond light and shadows? A labyrinthine world in which
words and images merge, revealing a game of mirrors that often becomes a palimpsest,moving
from the simplicity and ascetic purity of a Japanese drawing to the Baroque texture of a
theatrical or purely visual production.
The world of Alin Barbir’s images, accompanied by Irina Barbir’s haikus and more elaborate
poems, is one that reveals the mystery of existence, the miracle of life, but also the
implacable presence of death, degradation, and chaos. There is a spectral quality to these
photographs, which dilutes the materiality of a frame and relativizes the certainty of our
perception. More often than not, the perspective of Alin Barbir reveals a passion for
mystery rather than a penchant for the material, the palpable, or an appetite for
definitive answers.