These images are from a collection created by Editor and Photographer Kelly Klein for her third book ‘Cross’.
“One fascinating aspect of the collection presented in Cross is the many ways that photographs have treated the cross shape; often very subtly and unexpectedly…While I have always found it compelling that this simple shape is such a powerful sign for so many cultures, religions and races, it was surprising to discover that the cross has a versatile, even playful, quality, too. We see the cross in so many ordinary places: in the human body, when the arms are outstretched; in the human face, with the eyes forming the horizontal line, and the nose and mouth forming the vertical line; in the shape of an airplane; on street signs; and in countless other ways. But as most of us relate to it today, the cross is the symbol of Christianity and the sign of Christ himself. This was not always the case. The cross is one of the oldest symbols in the world and has a multiplicity of meanings. To the ancient Greeks, it represented the staff of Apollo. The cross as a design element was widely used by cultures as diverse as the Aztecs, pre-Christian Romans, Phoenicians, Hindus, Buddhists, Persians, Assyrians, Babylonians and Native Americans. The swastika is across, though we do not usually think of it as such, and it appeared in Norse, Mesopotamian, Buddhist, Mayan, and Hindu art as an emblem of the sun or fire or life, among other things, long before it was adopted by Hitler’s regime. Its variety of uses and meanings makes the cross more open to interpretation, perhaps, than any other symbol in the world. Even within Christianity it is paradoxical: an image transformed from an instrument of torture and death into a symbol of hope, life, and love.” (Kelly Klein, ‘Preface’, Cross, p3)
June 10, 2013 at 2:55 am
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