Olive Tree, 1997 
Paper Size: 20 x 16 inches
Image Size: 7 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches

Starry Grove, 1999 
Paper Size: 20 x 16 inches
Image Size: 11 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches

Sagittarius, 2000 
Paper Size: 20 x 16 inches
Image Size: 11 7/16 x 11 7/16 inches

Note: The paper that the artist had originally specified is no longer available. Only 33 portfolios will be produced in this series. 

"In landscape I see a revelation of how pure spirituality has descended into physical existence ... These are the scenes, on the human edge of the cosmos, that I am showing in these photographs." —Neil Folberg

This exquisite portfolio comes from the Aperture book and exhibition Celestial Nights: Visions of An Ancient Land (2001). The world depicted here is composed of a delicately constructed order where earthly elements and the heavens mirror each other. Folberg sets an ancient land resonant with meaning—as it is the cradle to three major world religions—against the awesome and eternal spectacle of the night sky. Folberg's night landscapes carry an aura that is both earthly and divine, emphasizing the singular and poignant presence of objects against the backdrop of the infinite. His photographs describe places where the spiritual is at once near, imprinted in the forms of the arid landscapes, and far away in the dark, starlit recesses of space. 

Neil Folberg (born in San Francisco) is widely known for his color photographs of the landscape and architecture of the Middle East and Mediterranean. Celestial Nights represents a return to black-and-white photographs, a technique he honed as a student and colleague of the late Ansel Adams. Folberg's first book was In A Desert Land (Abbeville Press, 1987); his second,And I Shall Dwell Among Them (Aperture, 1995), a study of the architecture of synagogues throughout the Jewish diaspora, received the National Jewish Book Award. Galleries worldwide have exhibited Folberg's work; his photographs are in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., and the Tel-Aviv Museum, among others. Folberg has lived since 1976 with his wife and three sons in Jerusalem, where he founded the Vision/Neil Folberg Gallery.