Violetta by the lake

Blue spoon

A renovated life

Jessica Backhaus

Jesus and the Cherries – book + print, 2005

The photographerJessica Backhaus has traveled in the region of the Polish province of Pomosrskie repeatedly since 1993. She spent a total of three and a half years portraying the town of Netno and its residents. She shows people in their apartments, at work, and in the untouched Polish landscape. With a sure eye and an unusual colour language, she points out important but easily overlooked details: plastic flowers and crocheted pillowcases, images of saints and lace doilies, and cherries preserved in mason jars. The pictures are neither intrusive nor tactless; she encounters people with dignity and full of admiration for the way of life of Polands rural population.

The intimate character of the photos suggests that the German-American photographer must have developed a special relationship to her subject: In Backhaus photographs we feel the warmth, cordiality, and authenticity with which she was received in Poland. The photographers clear gaze captured the beauty of everyday details and moods. Jesus and the Cherries describes a Poland still a long way from the modernizations that full integration in the European Union will bring. Jessica Backhaus thus tells a tale of traditional ways of life that may already belong to the past. (Kehrer)

This is one of my favorite books of the last few years!

Look for Jessica’s 2 new books coming out with KEHRER soon. 

Of course I will be posting them.

Hardcover, 25×32 cm, 144 pages, 94 color imgaes

Avaliable with one of the above signed and numbered prints, 24×30 cm, edition of 25 each.

Price:  180,- Euro

Get them directly at KEHRER.