Photo Gallery: Patrick Cariou’s ‘Gypsies’

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Self-taught anthropologist Patrick Cariou has captured surfers, Rastafarians, and inhabitants of the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica. Now, the French photographer brings a new perspective of the Rom people in Gypsies, a forthcoming series of stunning portraits and landscapes that captures the misunderstood ethnicity’s broad, multifaceted culture. (If his name sounds familiar, Cariou recently won a copyright infringement suit against artist Richard Prince, after a federal judge ruled against Prince for unlawfully using images from Cariou’s series, Yes Rasta, without his permission.)

In Gypsies, Cariou investigates the daily lives of the Romany, from the bling-lovers of Western Europe to the original gypsies of India. Recent legal issues aside, it’s easy to see how Cariou’s pictures reflect a universal appeal — combined with a straightforward, documentary approach — that call into question the notions of authorship and public domain. Click through for a preview of images from the book.

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books

From Gypsies by Patrick Cariou, published by powerHouse Books