Paradise is available for pre-order!

The publisher sent copies of Paradise to my place. Woo hoo!

The publisher sent copies of Paradise to my place. Woo hoo!

 

Finally, I have laid my hands on the finished book! The delivery from Grenadier Press came in time for Christmas – the best present I have received ever.

You can pre-order the book from Select Books Online Store. It should ship from 6th January 2014 onwards. Alternatively, a limited number of books are also available for sale at the launch to be announced later.

Paradise: A book about Man’s unending search for paradise
75 black-and-white images
164 pages, includes 6 gatefolds and additional 32 pages as inserts
8.75 x 10 inches
Hard Cover with Jacket
Bilingual – French and English
ISBN: 978-971-0579-23-5

Synopsis

Paradise is a photographic monograph about an author’s search for paradise one of the most controversial places in recent history: the Swat valley of Pakistan. Photographer Edwin Koo first encountered the people of Swat in 2009, when more than two million Swatis fled their homes to escape from a conflict between the Pakistan Army and Taliban militants. Many of the Swatis he met lamented the loss of their paradise on earth, Swat. This episode left an indelible mark on the author, and also a burning question within him: “What is paradise?”

In the years that followed, Koo visited Swat thrice, hoping to discover the paradise that the Swatis have imprinted on his mind. However, Swat’s misfortunes did not stop with the end of the conflict – it was subsequently struck with Pakistan’s worst flood in history, and continues to be plagued by the shadows of religious extremism at its doorstep.

Paradise is at once an introspective journey, as well as a biographical sketch of Swat valley. Through the documentation of daily life and extraordinary happenings in Swat, the author discovers the fragility of Man’s interpretation of paradise, as well as the resilience of the human spirit in the face of hell-on-earth.

With a sequence of 75 carefully-selected black-and-white images and five chapters of personal notes from his journey, the 164-page volume is the author’s attempt to answer the eternal question: “What is paradise?”

 When you purchase Paradise, it comes bundled with a companion book called Visage, also authored by me. 

Visage: A book comprising vignettes of the process and people behind the legendary Martell cognac.
49 images (bw)
84 pages, with gatefolds
8.75 x 10 inches
Hard Cover with Jacket
Bilingual – French and English
ISBN: 978-971-0579-22-8

Synopsis

Visage is a photographic salute to the men and women behind the making of the legendary Martell cognac. Shot on site in the birthplace of cognac, the 49 images celebrate the spirit and dedication of the people behind the process, from the careful pruning of the vineyards to the meticulous bottling of final product.

Using documentary photography, Edwin Koo gives each individual a rightful place in history, regardless of his or her perceived importance or position. More than just an object of documentation, Visage is a window into the world of cognac, as well as a timely reminder about the irreplaceable nature of the “human touch”.

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