Touhami Ennadre, Black Light / Lumiere Noire / Schwarzes Licht, 1996

Dust jacket back and front

Dust jacket back and front

 

Touhami Ennadre’s first monograph Black Light / Lumiere Noire / Schwarzes Licht is a journey into the blackest black. Dark archaic images of life and death are printed full bleed with glossy finish. Light reflects on the surface and dives deep at the same time, creating sharp contrasts and a striking, simple and homogenous whole from these disparate objects and places. None of which were chosen randomly. Their inclusion is as careful and studied as the composition and lighting.

The book is divided into the following sections:

HANDS, BACK, FEET, 1978-82
BIRTH 1982-83
HERCULANEUM 1985-90
SLAUGHTERHOUSE 1985
PRINT OF THE HANGED MAN 1987
FÈS 1989
LASCAUX 1990
PALEONTOLOGICAL TRACES 1991
AUSCHWITZ 1992
THE MAN IN THE ICE 1992
SQUID AND FISH 1992-93
TRANCE 1993-95
L’ALHAMBRA 1995
AY I MI TORO I 1996
RESURRECTION 1988

Although the book was widely available at the time, it is rarely discussed now. The cover image is however instantly recognizable as the cover to ‘Into the Labyrinth’, the 1993 album by indie duo Dead Can Dance. This book is definitely one of those unspoken classics.

16 pages Text by French philosopher and writer François Aubral (in English, French and German)
4 pages biographical information (in English, French and German)

Touhami Ennadre’s website: www.ennadre.com

Published by Prestel-Verlag, Munich, New York, 1996

Hard cover with dust jacket

27.7 x 35.6cm

128 pages

Cover back and front

Cover back and front

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DEAD CAN DANCE, Into the Labyrinth, album front

Dead Can Dance, Into the Labyrinth, published by 4AD 1993, album front

 

Dead Can Dance website: www.deadcandance.com