The Mark of Abel
BEST COFFEE TABLE BOOK OF 2012
"Lydia Panas' group portraiture...represented in this monograph suggests a
dark awkwardness that while not impermeable is haunting by way of an oblique subtlety.
Robert Birnbaum, THE DAILY BEAST
BEST BOOKS OF 2012, PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS
"Lydia Panas is fearless in confronting human subjects, and frankly curious about human interaction,
but her interest is tender. Hidden underneath the hood of her field camera, she gives her models space
to reveal themselves, and their connections to each other, and they do, in all their complex glory."
Maile Meloy, Author
"These are powerful images, and they conjure palimpsests of insights into our shared
cultural condition. After viewing them, you'll feel the mark of Abel on you too, however
ineffable it might be."
Kelly Everding, Rain Taxi Review of Books
"There is a complicated range of emotions depicted in Panas' photographs, and all
are presented with an honesty and nakedness that is almost heart-breaking to page through.
...without judgement, we are left looking at our own emotional reflections, staring into faces
expressing all too familiar vulnerability, uncertainty, sadness, curiosity, love and tenderness."
Alissa Guzman, HYPERALLERGIC
"Exceptional portraiture that is evocative, compelling, timeless. Each image gradually peels the layers of psyches belonging
to family members and friends in her life. This is a treasure of a book. Susan Burnstine, Artist, Columnist
The Mark of Abel Monograph
Photographs by Lydia Panas
Texts by Maile Meloy, George Slade and Lydia Panas
96 Pages, 52 Color Photographs
PHOTO EYE MAGAZINE / Best Books Nomination
Select one of three prints, individually printed in an edition of 25
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