Marwane Pallas is a French photographer that created a set of self-portraits that combines images of fruits and vegetables with the human body creating artistic photography. The title of the series, ‘Doctrine Of Signatures’, refers to the concept that the herbs that resemble parts of the body can used to treat such organs.
The ‘Doctrine of Signatures’, an important aspect of folk medicine, drew upon the belief that herbs resembling parts of the body can be used to treat ailments of those human components.Pallas, who is a self-taught photographer, was previously working in banking before switching to photography.
The four images draw a comparison between food and figure, depicting a peeled apart grapefruit as pallas’ lungs, red cabbage as a brain, a halved peach as a nose, and a bisected apple as a bottom.
Doctrine of Signatures was an important aspect of Folk medicine from the Middle Ages until the early modern period. Folk healers in Christian and Muslim countries claimed that God would have wanted to show men what plants would be useful for. He would have left signs.
The photographer work mostly consists of self-portraits. His creations have been exhibited in NYC, Miami, London & Paris, and prints are available for sale. he is also an occasional illustrator and cartoonist.
At the moment, Marwane lives and works in London in the financial sector whilst finishing his studies.
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