Eyeshot Book

The Pursuit Of The Numinous by Barry Talis


The Pursuit of the Numinous” is celebrated photographer Barry Talis’s debut monograph. Designed and made in Italy, with meticulous attention to detail, this collection invites you to uncover moments of spirituality hidden amidst city life. By documenting the broad spectrum of urban spirituality, Barry Talis challenges the conventional boundaries between the sacred and the profane revealing “the numinous” in the most unexpected places.

This limited edition book is curated by Marco Savarese, with text of Lucrezia Bonarota

Eyeshot believes in the power of knowledge and education for a mutual and equal society. In support of this vision, Eyeshot offers a 20% discount to all students. To learn more, email us at publisher@eyeshotstreetphotography.com

Pre-order any editions and pay just one shipping fee.
This is a limited edition publication. Once the pre-order period ends, no additional copies will be printed.

Technical Details

  • Digitally Signed
  • Limited Edition
  • Publisher: Eyeshot
  • Publication Year: 2024
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Size: 22×24 cm
  • Page Numbers: 164

Using only Fedrigoni’s FSC® certified, ECF pulp-based, biodegradable paper in our publications, Eyeshot embodies a synthesis of quality and sustainability. Our visual storytelling is elevated by HP Indigo’s advanced printing technology on Symbol Tatami White 135g/m2 paper, ensuring each image is a tactile and visually stunning experience.

Timeline “The Pursuit Of The Numinous” by Barry Talis

Pre-order Starts (Priority Access)

Pre-order Starts

Pre-order Ends

Printing Underway

Shipping Begins

“The Pursuit Of The Numinous” by Barry talis

Urban Landscapes Reimagined

With a selection of +200 captivating photographs, spanning across 164 pages, Barry Talis’s “The Pursuit Of The Numinous” reveals how spirituality permeates the urban environment, often in unexpected ways.

This collection not only showcases Talis’s photographic prowess but also serves as a mirror, reflecting the profound connections and spiritual awakenings possible in our everyday surroundings.

Urban Transcendence: Barry Talis’s Vision

In “The Pursuit Of The Numinous,” Barry Talis navigates the invisible threads that connect the spiritual with the secular. His photography reveals that moments of transcendence can occur anywhere— from the fervent spirituality observed in religious rituals to the exuberant expressions of identity and freedom in pride events, and even in the mundane moments of daily existence. Talis’s unique vision uncovers the divine in the most unlikely places, challenging us to reconsider where and how we find spiritual fulfillment.

With a profound understanding of both natural and artificial light, Talis delves deep into the human condition, using his camera to bridge the gap between the observable world and the inner realms of emotion and spirituality. His approach—marked by the use of provocative angles, secretive glimpses, and a creative interplay of light and shadow—transforms everyday urban scenes into visual portals to the numinous.

“The Pursuit Of The Numinous”  an exploration into the depths of urban spirituality, inviting us to perceive the world with a sense of wonder and inquiry. Through Barry Talis’s lens, we are reminded that the sacred can be found everywhere around us.

The Photographer

Barry Talis

Born in Bender, Moldova, Barry Talis has forged a path in street photography that stands out for its profound emotional depth and technical mastery. With a background as a professional documentary video editor, Talis brings a cinematic eye to his photography, framing human situations with an intuitive understanding of narrative and light. His work, especially focused on the orthodox religious street, delves into themes of tradition, community, and the human search for meaning.

A member of the international photography collective Burn My Eye, Barry Talis’s recognition and exhibitions speak to his significant impact on the field.

The book

“The Pursuit Of The Numinous” by Barry Talis

Barry Talis’s photographic journey in “The Pursuit Of The Numinous” invites us on a transformative exploration of the world around us. Through his lens, we are offered a unique point of view —a call to see beyond the mundane and recognize the profound that lies within the ordinary.

“The Pursuit Of The Numinous” challenges us to perceive the interconnectedness of all things, urging us to find beauty and meaning in the routine.

Designed and Made in Italy

Fedrigoni Papers

Eyeshot uses only papers from Fedrigoni, an Italian paper mill founded in 1888 in Verona. All Fedrigoni’s papers are FSC® certified, made from pure ECF pulp. Every product is fully biodegradable and recyclable.

Symbol Tatami White 135g/m2 is a thick paper coated on both sides with a Matt finish. Its volume and thickness give it a remarkable textural consistency that makes it ideal for prestigious publications such as Eyeshot’s monographs.


EFC: ELEMENTARY CHLORINE FREE. It’s an environmentally friendly type of paper that has been bleached with products free of elemental chlorine. By replacing it with chlorine dioxide, polluting emissions are reduced by 90%.

FSC® MIX. The Forest Stewardship Council is one of the internationally recognised forestry certification systems, which guarantees the proper management of forests and the traceability of the resulting products.

HEAVY METAL ABSENCE. Paper and packaging are produced in a way that allows them to be reused and recycled. The absence of harmful metals and other substances and materials that are hazardous to human health is guaranteed.

LONG LIFE: ISO 9706. This certification ensures that paper production recycles more CO2 than it emits, thus reducing the release of CO2 into the atmosphere that causes global warming. In compliance with ISO 9706 standards, the paper we use is acid-free which gives it resistance to light, wear and tear, and durability over time. It can be stored for up to 200 years.

The Photographer’s Vision

“Photography helps me express my strong emotional states. It is less about an agenda, and more about expressing feelings and experimenting with an artistic medium.”

Barry Talis

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Got questions?
Feel free to reach out by exploring our frequently asked questions (FAQs) on our website or contacting us directly with any inquiries.

When can I pre-order the book?

The pre-order is available from April 5th to June 31st. After this date, the book will no longer be available for purchase.

Will the book be available after the pre-order period?

No, the book is offered in a time-limited edition. After June 31st, it will be declared “Sold Out” and will no longer be printed.

Can I pre-order multiple books at the same time?

Yes, you can pre-order multiple books simultaneously. In fact, we encourage placing orders for multiple books at once. This approach is not only convenient for you, but also eco-friendly, as it reduces the environmental impact of shipping. Additionally, ordering multiple books in one go means you will only pay for shipping once, making it more cost-effective for you.

What happens if my order includes both available books and pre-order books?

If your order includes both books that are currently available and books that are on pre-order, the entire shipment will be dispatched once all the books in your order are available (see timeline to see when pre-ordered books will be available). This ensures that your order is shipped together, minimizing shipping costs and environmental impact. Please consider this when placing your order, especially if some books are needed by a specific date.

How are the copies of the book made?

Each book is designed and made in Italy, ensuring high quality standards. Each copy is unique, signed by the author, numbered, and considered rare.

When will the shipments of the books start?

Shipments begin on the 2nd of July for all those who have pre-ordered.

How can I track the shipment of my book?

You will receive a tracking number via email once the shipment has departed, allowing you to follow your package’s journey.

Can I order the book after June 31st?

After this date, the book will be declared out of print and further orders will not be possible.

What should I do if I have questions about my order?

For any questions or support, our customer service is available via email to publisher@eyeshotstreetphotography.com.

How do you ensure product quality?

Eyeshot is committed to providing high-quality books, curated with care and passion. Our dedication to the art of photography guarantees an exceptional product.

How is Eyeshot eco-sustainable?

We are committed to reducing environmental impact through responsible printing and shipping practices, reflecting our sustainability values.

How does my purchase support Eyeshot and the world of Independent Photography?

By purchasing this book, you directly support Eyeshot, an independent publisher that actively engages in the international photography publishing landscape. Your support allows us to continue promoting and supporting talented authors in the field of photography and to maintain our commitment to respecting the environment. Each purchase contributes to supporting us in this mission, enabling us to give voice to emerging and established photographers and to share their unique vision of the world.

What is the editorial agreement between the author and Eyeshot?

The author of the book has an editorial contract with Eyeshot, which ensures fair remuneration for the sale of the books and for their commitment to creating the photographs. This agreement underscores our commitment to supporting authors not only through the publication of their works but also by ensuring they receive fair compensation for their talent and dedicated work. By purchasing this book, you contribute not only to supporting Eyeshot as an independent publisher but also to recognizing and valuing the art and commitment of the author.


Capture the Moment: Join Eyeshot’s Exclusive Photography Community

Join our passionate photography community: sign up now to receive exclusive updates, early access to our Open Calls, and special invitations to workshops, all directly in your inbox. Become part of a global network celebrating and supporting street and documentary photography with Eyeshot.