May 1, 2008
The Bible, Illuminated by Fashion Photography
The project leader of a magazine-format Bible hopes images will provoke people to read Scripture.
Apocalypse Now: Images of war, death, and ecological disaster portray the Book of Revelation in a 2007 Swedish edition of the New Testament. Called Bible Illuminated: The Book, the version's magazine format features arresting news and fashion photography, some sexually charged. Project leader Dan S?derberg, who has a background in advertising, said the intent of the photography is simply to draw readers into the text. "The Bible in its current state tends to alienate so many people," he said. "You can't dismiss the Bible unless you know it, and the more you know, the more you can take part in things. After all, the Bible is used in many aspects of life - even as an excuse for starting wars. You have to inform yourself."