This remarkable book, measuring 11 x 11 inches and containing 102 pages is both the record of a personal journey out of grief over the loss of members of the photographer's family and a visual tribute to the special place that facilitated his healing. The forty-seven tri-tone reproductions of the Djerassi Ranch, home to the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, capture the wild beauty of its setting in the hills of Woodside, California.
The use of a small camera and infrared-sensitive film allowed the photographer to experiment both technically and philosophically, a departure he says he never would have made without the support of the program. The book's elegant design and large square format contribute to the quiet mood of reflection projected by the images.
Robert Buelteman is an acknowledged master of light and texture, and images that make up this portfolio all have an ephemeral, surreal quality the reader will find compelling. Eighteen Days in June includes an essay by Robert Haas, former Poet Laureate of the United States of America, and former trustee of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. The body of the portfolio follows Haas's introduction, with photographs and quotations from the artist sequenced in an interpretive array, as edited by Robert McDonald. Printed in Italy, this book stands apart from commercially produced art books in its elegant design and extraordinary printing quality.
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