marvel at this study of saudi arabian neon

NOUR, photographer Céline Stella’s new book, looks at the lights in the country’s design, architecture, vehicles and life.

by Stuart Brumfitt
25 May 2015, 1:48am

NO UFOs, a brand new photography publisher has just produced its first limited-edition run of books by French photographer Céline Stella. NOUR studies the way neon is used in Saudi Arabian design, architecture and vehicles and shows an outsider's curiosity about the way the lights can be both banal and extraordinarily celebratory. There's great artistry in the printing too - there are only 150 copies (at £30 each) and all are litho-printed, cloth-bound, foil-stamped hardbacks with varnished paper.

NO UFO co-founder Justin Quirk told us why they chose Stella's images: "We worked on the premise that it's a hugely influential country about which everybody has an opinion, but almost nobody non-Muslim has been there or seen what it looks like. There's a lot of cultural significance to the popularity of that sort of light there and with the backdrop of the pitch-black desert it made for a really atmospheric set of images."

NOUR is published by NO UFOs


Photography Céline Stella

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