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Josephine Sacabo

American Photographer | Born: 1944

Artist Statement: "I believe in Art as a means of transcendence and connection. My images are simply what I’ve made from what I have been given. I hope they have done justice to their sources and that they will, for a moment, ‘stay the shadows of contentment too short lived.’”

Sacabo divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. Both places inform her work, resulting in imagery that is as dreamlike, surreal, and romantic as the places that she calls home.

Born in Laredo, Texas, in 1944, she was educated at Bard College in New York. Prior to coming to New Orleans, Sacabo lived and worked extensively in France and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalistic tradition and influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She now works in a very subjective, introspective style, using poetry as the genesis for her work. Her many portfolios are visual manifestations of the written word, and she lists poets as her most important influences, including Rilke, Baudelaire, Pedro Salinas, Vincente Huiobro, and Juan Rulfo, Mallarmé, and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.

Her images transfer the viewer into a world of constructed beauty. During her 36 year career her work has been featured in over 40 gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the International Center of Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and la Bibliothčque Nationale, Paris, France.

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Structures of Reverie
Author: Josephine Sacabo
Publisher: Luna Press
Year: 2019 - Pages: 60
"This is the story of a woman who invents her freedom by creating an imaginary architecture made of light, scraps of memory, hopes, and dreams - a permeable architecture where nothing is confined. It is dedicated to Juana La Loca, the supposed 'mad' queen of Spain in the 16th century who for political motives was imprisoned for 46 years by her father, husband, and son in an architecture of darkness and stone." -Josephine Sacabo
 
Nocturnes
Author: Josephine Sacabo
Publisher: Luna Press
Year: 2012 - Pages: 96
A wonderful book with poetic images of Josephine Sacabo.
 
Óyeme con los Ojos
Author: Josephine Sacabo
Publisher: Josephine Sacabo
Year: 2011 - Pages: 98
A catalogue of Josephine Sacabo's retrospective exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Hardbound in embossed linen with sixty-eight images, an introduction by John Stevenson, and notes on the portfolios by Josephine Sacabo. "...To be sure, each component does stand on its own; a distinct, titled, portfolio of images. Each was preceded by a year or more of silence: artist at work. Then, all of a piece, the body of work appears fully formed. There is one characteristic in common: each portfolio crystalizes around a particular poem, or just a wisp of a poem, that somehow became caught up in Sacabo's imagination. The epiphany of the exhibition, this collection of a life's work so far, is that these portfolios are not isolated islands. They are components - cantos - of a single extended work."
 
Une Femme Habitée
Author: Josephine Sacabo
Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc
Year: 1999
Josephine Sacabo studied photography at Bard College in New York. Following the steps of Robert Frank, Joseph Koudelka and Henri Cartier-Bresson in England and France, she settled in New Orleans. This book shows her 1991 work influenced by the poetry of Rilke, Baudelaire, Garcia Lorca and Huidobro. Forty-Five black and white photographs 8.5" x 7.5" on Fine Art high grade paper. Two chapter headings in French. Published in France.
 
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