Welcome to Est. 1999, the official blog of Abraham Translations. As is perhaps easy to surmise, the name of this blog reflects the year that Abraham Translations was founded.
It all began with the correction of a few texts that had been translated by another time-pressed translator. Within the year, translating had become my main source of income; now, it has long been the only way I put bacon on the table.
I am rather proud of many of the projects on which I have worked.
Est. 1999, basically, is a visual confirmation of past projects, a blowing of my own horn, a presentation of translator-related topics, and an occasional departure into other areas that I deem worthy of presenting. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Women by Women

By Peter Delius and Jacek Slaski (128 pages / Prestel Publishing / May 2003, Munich, Berlin, London, New York / ISBN-10: 379132862X / ISBN-13: 978-3791328621)
This is perhaps my earliest credited translation in a publication, a job procured over a decade ago by way of a friend of a friend of a friend. I translated the introduction (by Sophie Hack and Stephanie Kuhnen) of this book on photographs of women taken by women that was compiled by two men, Peter Delius and Jacek Slaski. My name obviously turns up in the credits somewhere, as it often appears linked to this publication online. Back then, in the early years of my translating career, it didn't occur to me to make a complimentary copy of the given publication a conditional aspect of the payment, so I've never actually seen the real book.
Over Amazon, where customer reviews are almost all laudatory, the book is described as follows: "Devoted to nude and erotic photography by women photographers, this work illustrates the emotional force and sensual beauty of the female body as seen through the feminine lens. The volume features the works of some important contemporary female photographers – including Bettina Rheims, Cindy Sherman, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, Sylvia Plachy, Sally Mann and Ellen von Unwerth. More than 100 images explore themes such as introversion and extroversion, the private and the public. The book examines the distinctly female aspects of erotic photography, and what emerges is a profoundly sympathetic relationship between viewer and subject. And, as a number of these women artists have worked as models themselves, their perspective on this role adds another layer to the volume."

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