72 pages; October 2019, bilingual edition (English/French), only available through the publisher.
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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
JONATHAN SA'ADAH was born in 1950, two years after his family immigrated to the United States, landing in the small uphill Vermont community of Woodstock. By the age of 16 he had learned the overall outline, if not the mastery, of what it meant to be a photographer.
He studied art history and photography at Dartmouth College (1968-1972), and at MIT with Minor White. After completing his formal education he worked as a photographer, selling prints to collections and individuals. He received a Reynolds Fellowship in 1975 which he spent in Paris working with film director Joseph Losey. On returning to the United States, he began receiving larger professional assignments, and in 1981 founded a communications firm in Vermont with his wife, a graphic designer. The couple moved to Montreal in 2005.
Jonathan Sa'adah’s main interests as a photographer have been portraiture, street photography, and pictures of social change. You can find more of his work online at jonzphoto.com
GILDAS BERTHELOT is a French-born sculptor living in Montreal.
ELIZABETH ADAMS (preface and interviews) is a writer, publisher, graphic designer and artist.
Jonathan Sa'adah's photographic career has spanned more than five decades, during which a complete revolution has taken place in photographic methods and techniques. While today he embraces digital photography and is an expert in the most contemporary, high-tech methods of photographic reproduction and printing, his early years were spent not only in darkrooms, perfecting the making of photographic prints by hand, but in learning traditional processes such as gum-bichromate and paladium printing. His patient dedication resulted in mastery of his craft, but his work has always been informed by his artist's eye and his deep sensitivity to the people and situations he photographs.
It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that he was drawn to the work of Gildas Berthelot, which combines long experience in traditional furniture-making with a uniquely modern aesthetic, and innovative sculptural techniques. As an artist and craftsman himself, Sa'adah appreciated the intense, physically-demanding, and astounding transformation of flat planks of wood into fantastic forms that he observed in his neighbor's sculpture studio. As a documentary photographer with a lifelong interest in portraiture, art, and the creative process, he undertook the creation of the series of photographs which are presented in this book, and were part of a joint exhibition with Gildas Berthelot in Montreal in September, 2019. The accompanying interviews with both photographer and sculptor further illuminate their approaches and their work for the rest of us, who can be inspired by the creative spirits of both of these remarkable artists.