This updated publication brings together Gian Paolo Barbieri's Equator and Tahiti tattoo photographs in a new format, providing a stunning, one-stop visual journey through a tropical realm of otherness and beauty, where we encounter breathtaking visions of people, animals, and landscapes.
Shot in the Seychelles in both immaculate monochrome and vivid color, the Equator photographs capture the primitive essences of Barbieri’s subjects—be they fish, plants, or the bodies of nude men and women. His black and white photographs of the tattooed men and women of Tahiti comprise a graceful homage to a world rapidly disappearing. Barbieri’s images are seared with heat and dust, sea and sand, eroticism and sensuality, building an unforgettable portrait of an exotic world so present and intense you feel you could almost step into it. This is a storybook, a fairy tale of bold images that connects the modern day reader to a world barely imagined beyond the palette of Gauguin.