Ever wonder how to put together your images and text, to produce a professionally published book? This artists talk will be about the evolution of an independent photography book by Jason Gardner called A Flower in the Mouth, showing the culture, music and rituals of the authentic, folkloric Carnaval festival in Pernambuco, Brazil. Jason recently launched A Flower in the Mouth with a solo exhibition and book launch at Lincoln Center. Jason will discuss how the project progressed over nine years, from his first journey to his fifth, from initial image capture, conducting interviews, integrating video, developing concepts, written themes, maquette design, then to crowd-funding and final publication.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Flower in the Mouth: The Beauty and Burden of Carnaval in Pernambuco explores Carnaval, culture and ceremony of the northeast region of Pernambuco, Brazil, through 128 pages of color and black and white photographs, as well as interviews from the people shaping this dynamic culture, and personal journals by the author, Jason Gardner. The book includes a 9 track audio companion of music from the region, via a limited edition digital-only download card. Jason launched the book at with a solo exhibition and book launch at New York's Lincoln Center, in July 2013.
Jason Gardner tells stories visually, using the framework of visual anthropology. Whether documenting Carnaval around the world, creating images for a business marketing campaign, or photographing musicians for their promotion, he learns as much as possible about his subject, and often captures things not normally photographed.
The Brazilian Consulates have sponsored exhibitions of his work in 2013, 2010 and 2007. Jason was recently selected as a Finalist in PDN/National Geographic Travelers World in Focus travel photography contest, and his work has been featured on the Kodak.com Professional website. He is a board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).
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