New Publication: Gregory Halpern ‘Let the Sun Beheaded Be’
Let the Sun Beheaded Be, published by Aperture and the Fondation d’enterprise Hermès, is the latest book by influential contemporary photographer, Gregory Halpern. This new series of photographs presents a thoughtful and visually striking depiction of the Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, a French overseas region with a complicated and violent colonial history. The title of the book is borrowed from Martinican writer Aimé Césaire, whose Surrealist poetry inspired Halpern during his time in Guadeloupe.
The project, developed over the course of several months, commingles life and death, nature and culture, and beauty and decay in enigmatic colour images of the archipelago’s residents and lush landscape, as well as monuments related to the brutality of its past. Conscious of that history, and of Guadeloupe’s subsequent scars, the photographer’s approach is one of sensitivity, curiosity and visual receptivity.
Drawn to contradiction and the incongruous, Halpern places the natural beauty and the troubling history of the archipelago side by side, forcing the viewer to resolve for themselves this dark, cryptic and beautiful mix of images.
The book will be published in September 2020 and is available to pre-order here.