Synopses & Reviews
The name evokes a mythical country, exuberant and strangely hidden. Fifteen years of travel through this colourful region of India have enabled Pauline van Lynden to acquire a treasure trove of photographs and notebooks. The author has used her unparallelled archives to create this lavish book, in which her resolutely aesthetic approach reveals a world of unknown beauty. Collages of her photographs are divided into fourteen chapters, over more than 300 pages, introduced by stories, personal impressions and clear descriptions of arts, crafts, and traditions.
"In this land of contrasts, much is charged with the hidden rules of time and tradition. I have learnt to respect the unknown, and also the unexpected. There is a mystery that gives significance to the smallest and simplest things. Above all, this book is intended to convey the delight I have found in a way of life which, often with very little means, still results in great beauty."
Equipped with an artistic background, an international up-bringing, an inquisitive mind and great sensitivity for detail and atmosphere, Pauline van Lynden brings her own view of Rajasthan to the public in this informed and evocative manner.
A gold mine for lovers of beauty as well as for stylists, this impressionist book, which breaks the boundaries of the "art-book," provides the ultimate point of reference to Rajasthan.
"Above all, this book is intended to show the delight I have found in a way of life which, often with very little means, still results in great beauty." This incredible 300-pages book is a reflection of the author's extensive travels in the region. This stunningly lavish volume is based on Pauline van Lynden's notebooks, photographs and other material gathered over fifteen years of wanderings in Rajasthan, India. The book begins with Pauline's first overwhelming impressions of color, people and places. In search of material, making friends on her way, she discovers the Rajasthani cities, is invited to a royal wedding and finds artisans devoted to their centuries-old crafts. After some time, a longing for quiet draws her to the countryside, and the second half of the book focuses on the villages and a rhythm of life which has not changed much over the centuries. The fourteen chapters of the book are each introduced by two pages of stories and descriptions by Pauline to explain, in a personal way, the following pages of photographs. The text is limited to her impressions, as the book is meant to be essentially a visual experience. With her artistic background, an upbringing in international surroundings, a curious and eclectic mind, a keen photographer's eye and a great sensitivity for detail and atmosphere, Pauline is perfectly equipped to bring her own view of Rajasthan to the public in this informed and evocative manner.