“Parallels” stems from Lev Tsimring’s ongoing photographic project “Parallels – Terra Populi.” It contains a selection of 120 black-and-white photographs arranged in 60 pairs. Every page spread features two photos of ordinary people from two very different parts of the world, but related in some way – through story, composition, mood, or facial expression. These surprising connections provide emotive, philosophical, and often humorous reflections on the universality in human conditions and cultures.
Excerpt from the dust jacket:
Lev Tsimring’s photography is both a tapestry of chance encounters and a staggeringly sharp, intimate look at human interaction and expression. Following in the footsteps of street photography masters such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt, Tsimring manages to create funny, emotive, and sometimes almost surreal images out of scenes that his eye catches under the most ordinary of circumstances—yet at such perfectly timed moments that they could have been meticulously staged.
They weren’t. Tsimring belongs to a lineage of artists for whom ordinary life contains all of the mystery, beauty, and meaning there is to find. His intense belief in life seems to ensure that, in return, life keeps letting him catch the most revealing of occurrences in a seemingly uneventful day.
An accomplished theoretical physicist, Tsimring has been traveling for much of his adult life, giving lectures all over the world and simultaneously developing his unique style of photography. In the course of these travels, he began to envision the long-term project that would eventually become Parallels . This book presents his selection of 120 black-and-white photographs, arranged in 60 diptychs and divided into four chapters. Each pair of photos tells essentially the same story, played out in two very different places in the world — often years apart. The images reveal with striking immediacy how deeply one person’s experience can echo another’s, regardless of where and how we live. A number of photos contained in this book have been featured in exhibits and publications and have earned international awards. But this is the first time they have been gathered as a narrative ensemble—true to Tsimring’s original vision.
– Olivier Dalle, Publisher