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The Bright Field: The Photographic Art of Samraj Adi Da

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ISBN 10: 1570971307 / ISBN 13: 9781570971303
Published by Da Love-Ananda Samrajya Pty Ltd, 2001
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: The Bright Field: The Photographic Art of ...

Publisher: Da Love-Ananda Samrajya Pty Ltd

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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This large-format book pictures Adi Da's black-and-white photographic art from 2000-2001. Adi Da presents his images in suites, rather than as single images. Each suite can have anywhere from a few images to several hundred.

In this first publication of his art, we see a selection of 12 suites, each very different in quality: a "meditation" on a rock that rises out the of the ocean, a series of sensual and playful images set in a city, a look at human personalities as "shattered" phenomena, and so on. Every suite takes the viewer on an artistic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual journey.

Most of Adi Da's images in this book are highly sophisticated and complex multiple exposures, often involving more than two (and even as many as ten or more) superimposed layers, shot in camera.

About the Author:

From his birth (on Long Island, New York, in 1939), Adi Da Samraj has always manifested unique signs of spiritual illumination and of artistic and literary inspiration. Nevertheless, from his birth, and until his spiritual restoration at thirty years of age, Adi Da Samraj submitted himself to an ordeal of "self-identification" with all the limitations and sufferings of the human condition. Adi Da Samraj describes his early years as being focused in two fundamental activities: investigating how (in the scale of human "ordinariness") to perfectly realize the Truth of "Reality Itself", and achieving the ability to communicate the Truth of "Reality Itself" through artistic means (both visual and literary).

Adi Da Samraj graduated from Columbia University in 1961, with a BA in philosophy, and from Stanford University in 1966, with an MA in English literature. His master's thesis, a study of core issues in modernism, focused on the literary experiments of Gertrude Stein and on the modernist painters of the same period.

In 1964, Adi Da Samraj began a period of intensive practice under a succession of spiritual masters in the United States and India. Eventually, in 1970, after a final period of intense spiritual endeavor, Adi Da Samraj spontaneously became re-established in the continuous state of illumination that was his unique condition at birth--and that re-awakening signaled the end of his thirty years of spiritual quest.

In 1972, Adi Da Samraj began to teach, creating a vast repository of wisdom, in living dialogue with those who approached him. To date, his literary, philosophical, and practical writings consist of over sixty published books.

Since 1998, Adi Da Samraj has created a massive body of artwork using the media of photography, videography, and digital technology. He states that his intention as an artist is to offer a visual communication of the Truth of "Reality Itself"--by "allowing Reality to manifest Itself" in and as the "space" of his image-art.

Adi Da Samraj's collateral exhibition at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia (2007), "Transcendental Realism", marks the first time his work is being shown to the public at large. Other publications on Adi Da's art include:

Transcendental Realism: The Art of Adi Da Samraj (catalog of collateral exhibition),

The World As Light: An Introduction to the Art of Adi Da Samraj,

Transcendental Realism: The Image-Art of egoless Coincidence with Reality Itself (a collection of thirteen essays by Adi Da Samraj),

The Spectra Suites (selected images from all ten of Adi Da's Spectra Suites),

The Quandra Loka Suite: 52 Views (catalogue of Adi Da's 2003 exhibition at Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles).

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