Text by Guilhem Lesaffre.
270 x 215 mm
Traveller-photographer Pentti Sammallahti captures the mysteries of nature on his travels and among these, the world of birds. In coastlines, swamps, parks, endless plains, forest clearings, snowy landscapes birds slyly reveal their presence. Des oiseaux (Birds) celebrated the immense presence of birds in a world where they are now vulnerable. Accompanying these photographs, the ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre showcases the relationship to the seasons that is a fundamental aspect of the life of birds. Where it exists, winter is a major constraint that birds must grapple with and that notably leads to strategies in their search for food and energy economy, or socialising. The author associates the life of birds in winter with Pentti Sammallahti’s photographs.
About the Artist
Pentti Sammallahti (b. 1950, Helsinki) is a Finnish photographer who has been working as a photographer and teacher of photographer at the University of Helsinki for many years. He often finds his motifs at home in Finland and takes great inspiration from the natural world, leading him to some of the most remote regions of the globe throughout his career.
About the Publisher
Atelier EXB, also known as ‘Éditions Xavier Barral’ publishes works that address new forms of photography, contemporary art and sciences. Founded in 2002 by Xavier Barral, and taken over in 2020 by the five members of the team (Jordan Alves, Nathalie Chapuis, Yseult Chehata, Charlotte Debiolles and Perrine Somma), the publishing house conceives each book with great attention to both content and form. They seek to question the forms of photography, to bring to light artistic voices, to approach the major questions which innervate our contemporary societies through the image.