José Diniz, PERISCOPE, 2014

Cover with plastic jacket back and front

Cover with plastic jacket back and front


José Diniz sticks out his camera and captures whatever the “periscope” reveals. His photographs really are like the short sharp breath of a diver coming up for air. They record glimpses of the world as it exists and moves above him while he is part of another element. The results are dark, atmospheric dream-like impressions of people and objects just above the water line.  It was shot over a period of eight years, on the beaches and along the coastline of the Brazilian province Maranhão.
This fine book caught my attention at the Paris Photo Fair 2014. A slim, square softcover book with a plastic dust jacket housed in a brown thin card slipcase that opens at the bottom. The book is bound in a technique called French Fold binding, using uncut unopened pages, so that all pages are white on one side (the inside page, obviously). I was lucky enough to meet José Diniz at Paris Photo, have a chat, and get my copy signed.

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Published by Editora Madalena : Editora Torceiro Nome 2014 (in edition of 900 copies)

Soft cover with plastic dust jacket in slipcase

22.6 x 22.5cm

70 pages

Slipcase back and front

Slipcase back and front


José Diniz’s signature