Gods of Earth and Heaven

Joel-Peter Witkin’s Gods of Earth and Heaven sent chills through my spine. Amazing, really honest piece of surreal photography that is also universal.

This appropriately named book might be shocking for some but for me I didn’t feel shock, just surprise. There’s nothing vulgar about it and nothing scandalous, but it’s more like surreal composition or strange documentary of humanity. The pictures really had smell to them, and then the bible-like cross on the cover is just wicked!

I was deeply surprised and impressed, not many photographs can do that to me nowadays. I must buy this book to study it further.

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