The Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick, will host Rhinebeck-based photographer Francesco Mastalia on Sun., Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. His latest book, “Yoga: The Secret of Life,” will be the subject of his presentation.
This book is a photo-documentary about the spiritual and physical journey of yoga, told through photographs and text. Mastalia explores the personal experiences of 108 of today’s leading practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body and spirit. The photographs, which are on display in the Library Community Room throughout the month of February, were taken on glass plates using the wet collodion process, a photographic technique dating back to the 1850s.
Mastalia will discuss his unique photographic process and his experiences with the yogis who provided intimate and enlightening accounts of their personal journeys.
The author has traveled the world photographing tribal, religious, spiritual, and indigenous people. His first book, “Dreads,” is a photo documentary on the history of dreadlocks. Now in its eighth printing the book includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. His recent book, “Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley,” is a photobook of the Hudson Valley’s organic sustainable food movement.
Copies of “Yoga: The Secret of Life” will be available for purchase and an author signing will follow the discussion.
To register for this program call 986-1047, ext. 3 or visit www.alberwisnerlibrary.org.