Basim Magdy: Would a Firefly Fear the Fire That Burns in its Heart?

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I bought this book after visiting Basim Magdy’s exhibition, The stars were aligned for a century of new beginnings.  I don’t really want to review the content of the book here, because I cover the content in my review of the exhibition, but what I do want to comment on is the physical printing of the book.

One of the things that I really liked about the book was some of the metallic-looking prints that it contained.  I have never seen prints like this in a book before (maybe something similar in exhibitions), and I was struck by how compelling they were.  This style of printing gave the images an otherworldly quality, which was fully in-keeping with the artist’s themes.

Funnily enough, when I went to the OCA South West group meeting recently, one of the photography students brought along some metallic prints of her landscape images.  I think for me, this was a reminder that not all photographs have to be printed on matt, pearl/satin or gloss papers.  There are other types of printing available, which should not be ignored.

Magdy, B. (2016).  Basim Magdy: Would a Firefly Fear the Fire That Burns in its Heart? [bilingual edition] Hatje Cantz: Ostfildern