Wordless Poems (Funding on Kickstarter)


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photobook by Ramtin Firouzian

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From the interview with Ramtin:

“For me, photography means knocking on the wall or talking from behind it. A good photo whispers in someone’s ear from afar. A real artist likes a single story to tell. He continually goes back to his own story and attempts over and over again to tell that throughout a lifetime.

Translation destroys a poem. So I turn my poems into photos. I translate them into a language comprehensible by the soul of all people.

I always draw mental images of my (or other poet’s) poems in a notebook next to the same poem. Then, whenever I have my camera with me, I look for my drawings in the street or anywhere I happened to be. If I get the chance and find a scene I have seen in my vision, I take the shot.

I’m not trying to convey any meaning at all in this process. Through photography, I try to remind others of common human emotions. I don’t want the viewers to connect with photos only after having analyzed the meaning. My goal is to make the viewer feel my photos. As my beloved T.S. Eliot has said, “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”

The book

Contains 100 black & white photographs, including his recent award-winning Photos, accompanied by some short pieces of related poems.

    • Hardcover book
    • 17 x 24cm (6.7″ x 9.5″)
    • 144 Pages
    • 100 black and white photographs beautifully reproduced in duotone
    • Premium Glossy Art Paper (150 gsm)
    • Handmade binding
    • Language: English
    • First edition, 2021


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