Photographs: Lionel Wendt
Text: Bernard G. Thornley and L.C. Van Geyzel
Publisher: Lincolns-Prager Ltd.
Comments: Clothbound hardcover. With dust jacket as issued. First edition, 1950. Gravure plates. Limited edition of 5000 copies. Included in Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook, vol. II, p.98. Dust jacket is used on the spine but complete without any tears. Beautiful gravure reproductions are amazingly well preserved.
Lionel Wendt’s Ceylon is typical of his photographic style-pictorialist-modernist in the English mode-and illustrates a clash of two cultures, with Wendt looking at his own culture almost like an outsider… Ostensibly a book of personal travel photographs, the usual tropes of the genre are here-lush landscapes, architectural and people studies-all heavily idealized. But there are also a fair number of nude studies, of both males and females… These are typically pictorialist in style, with some Surrealist photomontages thrown in to show that Wendt was thoroughly up-to-date” Martin Parr & Gerry Badger