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Sheikh, Fazal. RAMADAN MOON/A CAMEL FOR THE SON. Göttingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 163 pages. As New. Signed.

Collection of photographs. This title and his two previous books, "A Sense of Common Ground" and "The Victor Weeps: Afghanistan", are destined for canonical status and demand to be read and seen by every serious reader and photography student/collector. A splendid production by Fazal Sheikh: Regular-sized, two-volume-set format. Handsome black pictorial cloth boards with red titles on the spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Fazal Sheikh. Pamphlet inserted in each of the volumes. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Several hundred copies of the companion volumes, which are intended by the photographer to be sold together despite their difference in tone, were distributed to Dutch parliamentarians, judges, mayors, and the media in an effort to create a policy more sympathetic to all asylum-seekers, who flee their countries in pursuit of safety (The Netherlands has one of the most liberal asylum policies in the world, but this has come under recent attack from the right wing). "Ramadan Moon" is a timeless and poetic evocation of one woman's plight. It draws together passages from the Koran about the holy month of Ramadan with Seynab, the protagonist, and her memories of Mogadishu before the war, the story of her flight to The Netherlands in search of asylum, and the history of the Dutch treatment of Somali asylum seekers. "A Camel for the Son" is classic photojournalism and stems from Fazal Sheikh's decade-long engagement with the Somali refugee communities living in Kenya's northeastern desert. It follows the refugees from their arrival in Kenya during the outbreak of civil war in 1991 to the present, measuring the cost of war as witnessed by a generation of children raised in exile. Fazal Sheikh bridges the gap between the First World and the Third World, fostering a greater awareness and understanding that honors the Somali women as individuals who assert themselves and persevere in the face of great obstacles. The images and testimonials urge us not to forget that these people exist, even as world attention shifts away from their plight. These are simply beautiful photographs that will move even the most cynical nihilist. Fazal Sheikh's unique contribution to "concerned photography" is his insistence that each so-called refugee be treated as a specific individual if we are to understand his or her suffering in all its enormity. Hence the importance of "Ramadan Moon/A Camel for the Son" in his continuing quest. His point is that ultimately, each of us, often without realizing it, lives in this world as a refugee. Born in the United States of Middle-Eastern descent and educated at Princeton, Fazal Shiekh has become one of the most eloquent practitioners of so-called "concerned photography". A "must-have" title for Fazal Sheikh collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink pen on the title page of "A Camel for the Son" by Fazal Sheikh. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2005. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER FAZAL SHEIKH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0970761309. $150.00

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