publication of six books and several photograph exhibitions. You won’t find captions
describing where or when the photos were taken or the particular religion featured.
This long period of research has reinforced my conviction that faith, both individual
and collective, meets a need shared by all humanity. The precepts, rituals and prayers
differ but the deep roots they share reveal more similarities than differences. If we
want to find meaning in the chaos, we might start with individual prayer, where the
most profound spirituality seeks answers and consolation, and culminate in collective
celebrations, where belief becomes a symbol, an event or a sharing of values. It is
these similarities between the faiths, manifested in the similar gestures used across
different religions, that led me to explore different beliefs, places and symbols.
About the author
Andrea Pistolesi likes to call himself a traveler who takes photographs, rather than a photographer
who travels. He spends his time in Florence and Bangkok, from where he works for major international
publishers and magazines as a photographer for over forty years.
He has published over a hundred photography books and held personal shows around the world.