‘The Land That Remains: Photographs from Palestine’

The Orcas Island Library brings renowned photographer Federico Busonero for a presentation in the library’s reading room at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 of his photo essay, “The Land That Remains: Photographs from Palestine.” Light refreshments will be served.

Commissioned by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Busonero undertook three extensive journeys through the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, between 2008 and 2009. The intent of his photographic study was “to document culturally significant sites” in a territory rarely seen. “The Land That Remains” was published as a book by Hatje Cantz in 2016.

“Photography is about waiting and cultivating time. Time to develop the necessary attention and perception of the subject, of what exists or existed there beyond the instant of seeing,” said Busonero.

“The Land That Remains” has been shown previously in France, Italy and the United States.

In 2017 MAVIDA Editore published the artist book “Su Ogni Stesa Pietra” (On Every Laid Stone), a collaboration between Federico Busonero and Italian poet Stefano Vincieri. The portfolio contains 15 poems, in Italian and English, and 15 original photographic prints selected by the poet from “The Land That Remains.” Selected poems from “Su Ogni Stesa Pietra” will be read by Busonero during his presentation.

In the words of the photographer, “Poetry and photography are epiphanies: they open for us new possibilities and messages of truths. Stefano Vincieri is a visionary – his poems echo onto my photographs, magnifying them and taking them farther.”