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First Impressions

First Impressions is a new portfolio by Michael Reichmann. It is an edition limited to just 25 copies. The portfolio contains images taken in early 2005 in Bangladesh. Presented in a magnificent hand-made presentation case, it consists of twenty 11X17" prints, along with an artist statement and a page of thumbnail, which consists of location information as well as situational and technical data on each image. Each print is separated by interleaving paper, and a pair of cotton gloves is provided.

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From the Artists Statement

In early 2005 I lead a small photographic expedition to Bangladesh, a country which is almost completely unknown to foreign travellers. Our guide was Pierre Claquin, a French-born medical doctor and epidemiologist who has spent much of the past 13 years living and working in Bangladesh. He is, as well, a highly talented photographer.

Following this trip, in March, 2005, an exhibition of work by both Pierre and me was held at the Pikto Gallery in Toronto, Canada, where I live. The photographs in this portfolio are taken from those exhibited at that show.

My primary motivation for wanting to photograph in Bangladesh had been images which I’d seen by both Sebastiao Salgado and Edward Burtynsky taken at the ship-breaking yards in Chittagong. I was driven to visit this almost mythical place, and memories of these images catalyzed my plans during the more than a year of preparation.

During our two weeks in Bangladesh we spent time not only in the crowded cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, but also in the lush Mangrove forests along the Bay of Bengal. To get there and back we spent four days aboard a small cruise boat discovering the unique life of villagers and fisherman which has been largely unchanged for hundreds of years.

About the Photographer

Michael Reichmann is a fine art landscape photographer who has been practicing his craft for more than 30 years.

After working as a photojournalist for over a decade, he spent time in the computer software and telecom industries. But in the mid-1990s he returned to photography full time. His work has been shown in several gallery exhibitions, and is in numerous private and public collections.

Michael teaches photographic field workshops and seminars. During the first four years of this decade he has taught in Iceland, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Canada, the United States, and Costa Rica.

Started in 1995, his web site, The Luminous Landscape, has grown to become the world’s premier education site for photographers, with more than a half million visitors per month. Michael is also Contributing Editor to Photo Techniques Magazine in the U.S., and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

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Price and Availability

First Impressions sells for USD $550, which includes overnight shipping to anywhere in the world by Federal Express. It may be ordered online using your credit card, or paid for by bank draft or money order. Write for detail.

To place your order click here, and select Print Portfolios from the left-hand column.


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