Neil Folberg: A Mirror in Macedonia

Drawn to Macedonia in 1971 by its vibrant folk culture, Neil Folberg received a fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley to spend five months photographing the land and people of this rugged, mountainous land, then part of Yugoslavia.

Publisher: Lecturis

Photo Credit: © Neil Folberg by courtesy of Lecturis

Header Photo: Young woman, Mavrovi Anovi

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Moslems at prayer, Gostivar © Neil Folberg
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Moslem circumcision ceremony, Gorno Kosovrasti © Neil Folberg
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Woman gathering wheat, near Kočani © Neil Folberg

Where are all those anonymous people that I met, each with a story? Where are they today? They are all here, in these images. But here is the surprise: looking back through these windows I find a mirror reflecting myself, a 21-year-old student from Berkeley.

I watch myself as I set up a tripod and camera in a public square, where people either flow around me or become engaged, attracted or repelled by my camera. Secret agents follow me, but I don’t see them. I observe myself in the mirror of time.

Neil Folberg

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Boy with a ball © Neil Folberg
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Watering cans, Bit Pazar, Skopje © Neil Folberg
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Coffinmaker, Prilep © Neil Folberg
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Book Specs: A Mirror in Macedonia by Neil Folberg published by Lecturis (2021) | Language: English | Pages: 104 | Size: 260 x 200 mm | Edition: Hardcover | ISBN: 9789462264021. Available here.

With an afterword by Professor Ilina Jakimovska, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia.

Neil Folberg (b. 1950) is an American photographer, born in San Francisco. At the age of sixteen he began studying with American photographer Ansel Adams. When Folberg was accepted to the University of California Berkeley, Adams suggested that he study with William Garnett.

Over the course of his career, Folberg has moved across the photographic medium, from analog to digital processes. His work has been in numerous exhibitions, and several books of his extensive work have been published, including In a Desert Land, published by Abbeville Press (1987); And I Shall Dwell Upon Them: Historic Synagogues of the World, published by Aperture Press (1995); Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land, published by Aperture Press (2001); and Serpents Chronicle, published by Abbeville Press (2013).

He now lives in Israel, where he runs Vision Gallery in Jerusalem.

Artist: https://www.visiongallery.com/artist/neil-folberg/