Celestial Nights

1997-2001 - Celestial Nights

About this work: In Celestial Nights, photographer Neil Folberg skillfully captures a spectacular world of nocturnal landscapes where the horizon isn’t always definitive. The earth and heavens are mingled in this collection of arresting photographs, which to Folberg represent a blurred division between present and eternity, substance and spirit, and knowledge and imagination. As Folberg writes, “No one can draw that line with precision, for we exist in all of these worlds at once.”

Celestial Nights marks Folberg's return to black-and-white photography. The volume presents a set of photographs that capture not only the skies but also their earthly foreground, creating a striking juxtaposition of the vast arid wilderness with the infinite and starry heavens. These stunning nighttime scenes feature the same historically and religiously resonant region of the Middle East that Folberg captured in daytime color in his first book, Abbeville’s In a Desert Land.

The landscapes in Celestial Nights carry an aura that is both earthly and divine. Folberg’s photographs describe places where the spiritual is at once near, imprinted in the arid landscapes, and far away, in the dark, starlit recesses of space.

A boxed portfolio of three 16” x 20” toned silver prints was published by Aperture in an edition of 33 copies, of which several remain available. Current special price for the set is $3,825; normal price is $4500. Please contact Vision Gallery for purchase information.

Vintage prints, when available, are toned, silver prints printed in edtions of 49. Contemporary prints are pigment prints on rag paper.
Prices and availability on request, most prints begin at $2500 and the price varies according to the edition & size. All prints are signed and numbered.



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Neil Folberg

Neil Folberg is a student of the American landscape photographer Ansel Adams. Born in San Francisco, Folberg became a pupil of Adams at age 16, followed by his education at the University of California at Berkeley and individualized study with landscape photographer William Garnett. In 1976, Folberg relocated to Jerusalem, Israel where he runs Vision Neil Folberg Gallery. Folberg’s constant theme throughout his career has been man’s place in Nature, and his consciousness of it. This theme has evidenced itself in his desert landscapes of the Middle East (1979 to the present); his Celestial Nights series (begun in 1997) which fuses the nocturnal terrestrial landscape with the celestial dome and most recently his series Taking Measure (2017).