The Essence of Iceland - Kjarni Íslands

Salka Publishing Reykjavik

€25.16 

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Photographer Kristján Ingi Einarsson journeys through the country's wildest and most secluded reaches to capture it´s mood and identity in these stunning photographs, sharing with us his vision of Iceland's true essence.

Just what is the essence of Iceland, this island in the far north, the essence of its environment, and the essential experience of the person viewing nature outside of the urban landscape? The silence and the solitude, some say. The colours and the expanse, say others. The empty wilderness and grassy farmlands, the ever-changing ocean and seaside villages, still others say.

The Essence of Iceland is a magnificent and exclusive book with extraordinary photographs of Icelandic nature. It has been much praised and welcomed by both readers and critics alike.

Photographer Kristján Ingi Einarsson journeys through the country's wildest and most secluded reaches to capture it´s mood and identity in these stunning photographs, sharing with us his vision of Iceland's true essence.

Author and geoscientist Ari Trausti Guðmundsson gives voice to the images in poems and short prose, along with informative and interesting details about each location.

Forewords are afforded by the president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Exhibitions of the photographs have been on display at several locations in Iceland since the book´s was published.

"Very successfully executed book, where the conjunction between pictures and text award it with total uniqueness."
Gyrðir Elíasson, writer and poet
"Kristján Ingi´s book is very elaborate and he has an exquisite view of form and colors.  The book is very “Icelandic” in every way, and some of the pictures are singularly impressive."
Páll Stefánsson, photographer

 

Available in English/Icelandic, German/Icelandic and French/Icelandic.

 

Born in Reykjavík in 1952, Kristján Ingi Einarsson began taking photographs at the age of ten, when he acquired his first box camera. In 1975 he began working as a freelance photographer for various newspapers, magazines, companies and institutions. A decade later, in 1985, he took over as director of the printing firm Leturprent ehf. Here he remained until the autumn of 2006, when he sold the business to return to his former pursuit as photographer. Kristján Ingi has held many photographic exhibitions and published a number of children's books, including: Húsdýrin okkar (Our domestic animals), Krakkar, krakkar (Children, children) and Kátt í koti (Full of fun) and two landscape books The Essece of Iceland (2009) and Iceland so Quiet (2010). In his more recent work, Kristján Ingi has focused on landscape, with photos that endeavour to interpret his vision of his country.

 

Photopraphy: Kristján Ingi Einarsson 

Text by: Ari Trausti Guðmundsson 

Publisher: Salka Publishing Reykjavík

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