Birdland and Des Oiseaux by Leila Jeffreys

Offer| 7th May 2021 - 18th June 2021
Birdland and Des Oiseaux by Leila Jeffreys
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Grab Leila Jeffreys’ books, Birdland and Des Oiseaux, available to purchase in store including signed copies.

Birdland - RRP $55.00

In Birdland, Australian fine-art photographer Leila Jeffreys presents us with a bird-watching experience like no other, drawing birds out from their leafy shadows and airy territories and presenting them to us with the skill and intricate detail of a portrait painter. The result is a stunning encounter with some of the world’s most beautiful birds.

Captured in a moment of stillness, Jeffreys’ feathered sitters reveal qualities and features that invite human projection. Birdland invites us to rediscover birds, to gaze unhindered, and to marvel at their many-splendored glory.

Des Oiseaux - RRP $79.95

With this book Leila Jeffreys takes us on a journey through tropical forests and jungles all over the world towards astonishing bird species that she has been taking studio portraits of 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, Jeffreys develops a gallery of whimsical and hyper-realist portraits where all the birds come attired in their most beautiful finery with sumptuous plumage colours. 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 anthropomorphise 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.

Books Kinokuniya, located on Level 2.

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