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If the equations of physics, which invisibly enable aircrafts to fly, remain unattainable to most of us, the desire to fly itself however seems firmly rooted in the depths of human subconscious. As Le Corbusier once put it “flying lifts us above mediocracy. Flying is, ultimately, a desperate act of faith”.
In ‘How to fly’ photographer Pedro Guimarães (b.1977) takes us on a poetic journey into the subculture of private aviation. The language he employs takes the disguise of the documentary genre yet what initially appears to be a flight manual quickly reveals Guimarães’ true autobiographical intentions through the use of poetic punctuation.
‘How to fly’ is, after all, a reflection on the inevitable traumatic events of life and describes a series of emergency maneuvers designed to keep oneself alive.
FIRST EDITION Trade Hardcover, 17 x 23 cm portrait, 216 pages Section-sewn binding; mixed art papers; endpaper fold-out; silver foil on linen-wrapped cover, back + spine; silver and ‘glow in the dark’ special inks; bookmark ribbon 93 colour and b+w photographs; 3 interior illustrations; 25 storybook (text) pages Published 24 May 2018 | ISBN: 9780994791955
ISBN 978-84-451-3707-9Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, 2018Design: Natalia Troitiño (N2 Estudio)Texts: Horacio Fernández, Sonia Berger, Luis López NavarroPrepress: La TroupeHardcover13,6 x 18 cm340 pagesEdition: Spanish/English
Flexicover8.2 × 12.5 in228 pages + 2 foldouts64 imagesDesign: Estudio HerreraTrilingual edition (English/Spanish/French) In the course of his travels in Mexico over the last thirty years, Antoine d’Agata has extracted the hair-raising material from which he now constructs this tense, immobile diary.