Pearl* Hard object that grows around a grain of sand or other foreign matter as a defensive measure of certain molluscules.

PEARL is a book about Madeira Island, nicknamed as “The Pearl of the Atlantic”, a highly touristic place known for its Nature and its unique Laurisilva Forests.

But firstly I was intrigued by this phenomenon of natural transformation of a living being through the creation of a non-living hard object, that turns out to be a very rare and valuable object, referenced as an example of beauty. So, how subjective can beauty get when a bizarre defensive measure turns out as a model of beauty?

This book is about this relation between the subjective senses of beauty and uglyness and how the line between both senses is so thin and insignificante, working on this specific place, the Pearl of the Atlantic.

© 50's Viriato Miguéis for the color 6x6 archival images

© 2011-12 Tiago Casanova for the images and text

© 2014 Pascal Ferreira for the cover artwork

© 2014 XYZ for this edition

Edit and Sequence: George Georgiou, Vanessa Winship, Tiago Casanova

Book design: Tiago Casanova

Scans: Álvaro Teixeira

Prepress: Pedro Guimarães

Offset Printing: MaiaDouro

Binding: Tiago Casanova

Silkscreen: Carapau Amarelo

Printed in Portugal

500 copies (Estimate)

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