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Kingdom Of Daylight - Memories Of A Birdwatcher (Paperback): Peter Steyn Kingdom Of Daylight - Memories Of A Birdwatcher (Paperback)
Peter Steyn
R290 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R62 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this autobiographical account of a lifetime spent observing, researching and photographing birds, Peter Steyn shares experiences that span some 70 years.

His story starts and ends in Cape Town, South Africa, but in between we read about:

  • the 17 years he spent in Zimbabwe – his most productive in terms of ornithological research
  • his worldwide travels in a quest to study birds
  • his regular spells as a lecturer on cruise-ship voyages
  • trips from the Arctic to the Antarctic, to remote Southern Ocean islands and to several Indian Ocean islands and St Helena
  • travels also to the USA, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Ethiopia – all in pursuit of birds

His detailed and fascinating memoir captures the author’s great enthusiasm for birds and their role in his shaping his life and experiences.

Kingdom of Daylight: Memories of a Birdwatcher is well illustrated and features more than 400 photographs taken during Peter’s lifelong journey with birds.

Cattle Of The Ages - Stories And Portraits Of The Ankole Cattle Of Southern Africa (Hardcover): Cyril Ramaphosa Cattle Of The Ages - Stories And Portraits Of The Ankole Cattle Of Southern Africa (Hardcover)
Cyril Ramaphosa; Photographs by Daniel Naude 2
R850 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R213 (25%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this majestic book, new South African president Cyril Ramaphosa reveals his passion and love for cattle as he introduces us to the magnificent Ankole cattle, originating in Uganda, and now, through his intervention, flourishing in South Africa.

He reflects on the legacy bequeathed him by his father, Samuel Ramaphosa, who had to leave behind his cattle herd in Venda to find work as a migrant worker in Johannesburg. Life in the city was tough and demanding, weakening Samuel’s links with his ancestral origins and causing the loss of his herd. The love of cattle runs deep in South Africans and Cyril is doing more than restoring his father’s loss, he is resuscitating a new pride for South Africans with these remarkable cattle.

The Ankole have become the flavour de jour. A few years ago the Nguni reigned supreme, now the attention and focus is on these regal animals with their soaring horns. Cattle of the Ages is the Abundant Herds of the Ankole.

This hardcover book is designed by Gabrielle Guy and is destined to become a collector’s piece.

Epic Land - Namibia Exposed (Hardcover, 2nd Edition): Amy Schoeman Epic Land - Namibia Exposed (Hardcover, 2nd Edition)
Amy Schoeman
R495 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R40 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Epic Land is a celebration in pictures and words of the arresting beauty of the landscapes of Namibia and of the centrality of land in the culture, history, politics and daily lives of its people. The book seeks to uncover the rare essence that marks the landscape of Namibia apart from all others.

Few countries in the world are richer than Namibia in its canvas of natural beauty. The landscape is one of rich and often harsh contrast with many changing moods. A journey through its landscape is infinitely rewarding. Within this book this progression is depicted. The dramatic scenery of remote deserts, mountains, mystical trees and stormy shores are the equal of any.

Through her captivating photographs and absorbing text, Amy Schoeman shares with the reader the strange beauties of her life’s passion. The superb photographs capture the life of the desert, its forms and colours, and the moods of its ever-changing landscapes.

The Garden of Babylonstoren (Hardcover): Franchesca Watson The Garden of Babylonstoren (Hardcover)
Franchesca Watson; Photographs by Heidi Bertish; Babylonstoren 2
R430 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R98 (23%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The mostly edible garden of Babylonstoren in the Drakenstein Valley of the Cape Winelands has become a must-see for all visitors to the region. Not simply because it is beautiful, but because it offers a mesmerising range of experiences to both the day tripper and hotel guest, encompassing history, insight into the workings of a productive farm and food garden, and how the land can be cultivated along diversifi ed yet integrated principles.

As co-author Franchesca Watson says, ‘The way Babylonstoren expresses itself visually is inordinately charming. Every material is simple and intrinsic, nothing is smart or clever or tacky, everything is understandable and fi lled with sincerity; it is a generous place.’

This visually stunning coffee-table book covers every aspect of the 3.5-hectare garden: its design, Cape Dutch history, plants, cultivation methods and the people behind it all.

Wild Land (Hardcover): Peter Pickford, Beverly Pickford Wild Land (Hardcover)
Peter Pickford, Beverly Pickford
R985 R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Save R250 (25%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Four years. Seven continents. An unprecedented quest to document and preserve our last remaining wild lands.

In more than 200 striking images, acclaimed South African photographers Peter and Beverly Pickford have created an epic, unparalleled portrait of some of our planet’s most untouched places: from the heat-beaten country of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast to Alaska and the Yukon’s abundance of water, in ocean, river and lake; from the subantarctic islands’ wind-tossed shores in the south to the Arctic’s immense expanses of cracked pancake ice in the north; and the dazzling juxtaposition of desert and water in Australia’s Kimberley to the remote, frozen peaks of Tibet and Patagonia. Within these extreme landscapes, Beverly and Peter’s images illuminate and celebrate myriad forms of life: polar bears, rhinoceroses and bharal, as well as the humble lichen, are all evocatively pictured within the landscapes upon which they depend. This is a wildlife book like no other, its images aching with what words struggle to describe: the resonance of wilderness in our inner being, the power of land to transform our emotion, and our ability to transcend the immediate to become sublime.

Wild Land’s stunning images are accompanied by a fascinating text in which Peter not only vividly describes the photographers’ adventures in pursuit of wild land, but also delivers a timely message that highlights the urgent need for these lands to be preserved for the future of the planet – a future on which humankind’s very survival is dependent.

Safari Style Africa (Hardcover): Annemarie Meintjies Safari Style Africa (Hardcover)
Annemarie Meintjies
R630 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R113 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The safari design aesthetic has yoked hi-tech, high-end architecture with traditional low-tech African craft and fused them in a new genre of highly original, courageous and soulful – even sexy – architecture and interiors. This is design that, while rooted in Africa, possesses an international appeal that is beginning to influence aesthetic ideas the world over.

Safari Style Africa showcases a selection of lodges where these elements of design dialogue beautifully with the environment.

Everest Untold - Diaries From The First South African Everest Expedition (Paperback): Patrick James Conroy Everest Untold - Diaries From The First South African Everest Expedition (Paperback)
Patrick James Conroy
R250 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R52 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Told with the immediacy of a diary, which is where the book began, Patrick takes us on a journey to the highest mountain in the world, where one of the greatest tragedies in climbing history was about to unfold. Filled with photographs and sketches from his notebooks we become part of the Radio 702 team sent to cover the South African Everest Expedition of 1996. It would turn out to be the deadliest climbing seasons in the peak’s history.

Twenty years later the controversy around what truly happened on the mountain continues to rage. Conroy kept a meticulous diary and recorded many hours of radio communications between the climbers. Now, two decades later, his memoirs reveal a remarkable and untold story of what happened on the mountain that fateful year. Everest Untold includes hidden insights and never before revealed transcripts that shed new light on the 1996 disaster, including the mysterious disappearance of one of the South African team members in the death zone.

Conroy’s hidden story reopens the debate on the risks of high-altitude mountaineering and what it meant to a young democratic South Africa unaware of the dangers that lay ahead.

Safaris & Spices - An African Food Journey (Paperback): Nico Verster Safaris & Spices - An African Food Journey (Paperback)
Nico Verster; Compiled by Nico Verster; Photographs by Joe Dreyer
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This is an African cookbook that takes inspiration from all over the world, highlighting specific African regions and food cultures. The book features North, East, South and West African cuisine as well as the Middle Eastern, South East Asian and European recipes that have influenced and sculpted the food scene in South Africa over centuries.

Nico Verster compiled this recipe book to capture the essence of African food. He was inspired by traditional recipes but has added his own signature twist to each dish. This book highlights the modern diversity in the current gastronomic scene and reminds you why you love Africa.

With stunning photography from award-winning Jo Dreyer, the recipes will inspire you to make your own stocks, spice mixes, chutneys and sauces that can be used with an array of local dishes, as well as give you simple tips on making the most delicious cakes and desserts.

Hidden Johannesburg (Hardcover): Paul Duncan Hidden Johannesburg (Hardcover)
Paul Duncan; Photographs by Alain Proust 3
R450 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R103 (23%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Johannesburg: Egoli to some, Jozi to others. Once a mining town, now the most important commercial city in Africa. It’s been home to renegades and rogues, colonialists and capitalists, the dispossessed and the newly enriched. Today it’s populated by those who call themselves Africans or Afrikaners, by blacks, whites and every shade inbetween, and by immigrants from all over.

There are suburbs where the daily rituals of Jewish culture rival New York’s; elsewhere, the tone is more Lagos than laid-back. Remnants of the colonial era stand alongside contemporary steel and glass. In a town that prides itself on the pursuit of fortune, it’s a challenge to preserve heritage, and it is against this background that Hidden Johannesburg offers a snapshot of 28 notable buildings. From the stately mansions of the Randlords to their downtown headquarters, the clubs where they socialised and the churches where they worshipped, the architecture of early Johannesburg lives on in sandstone, granite, marble and slate. But this is a city that constantly reinvents itself, and where the old is all-too-readily demolished to make way for the next ‘big thing’. Some buildings will survive, others will be consigned to memory.

Hidden Johannesburg reveals fragments of the history of this vibrant city but, perhaps, the book also tells us something about our future, for if we allow our heritage to be swept away in the name of progress, are we advancing at all?

The Great South African Cookbook (Hardcover): The Great South African Cookbook (Hardcover)
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R455 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R75 (16%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

67 of South Africa's finest cooks, chefs, gardeners, bakers, farmers, foragers and local food heroes let us into their homes - and their hearts - as they share the recipes they make for the people they love.

Each recipe is accompanied by stunning original photography that captures the essence of our beautiful country.

Featuring over 130 recipes, from tried and true classics to contemporary fare, The Great South African Cookbook showcases the diversity and creativity of South Africa's vibrant, unique food culture.

Jewish Cape Town 5779 - A Handful Of Sand (Paperback): Tony Raphaely Jewish Cape Town 5779 - A Handful Of Sand (Paperback)
Tony Raphaely
R360 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R78 (22%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this celebration of Jewish life at the tip of the African continent, businessman and philanthropist, Tony Raphaely, has curated stunning individual and group portraits that collectively represent a snapshot in time of Cape Town’s vibrant Jewish community.
 
The book is a unique compendium of nearly 300 photographs, taken in 2019 (or the Jewish year 5779), to showcase – and record for posterity – the people whose professions and services have enriched not only the community from which they come, but also the greater society in which they live.
 
The images, taken by a team of 17 photographers, provide a fascinating chronicle of all stages of life and across a wide range of occupations and pursuits. Some are famous personalities, like Zapiro, Albie Sachs, Lisa Chait and Nik Rabinowitz; others are less distinguished but no less revered for their contribution to life in the city.
 
As in many other cities outside Europe, Cape Town’s Jewry has been forged in the Diaspora.  A Handful of Sand  distils this past into an enduring testament of hope and resilience – it is a record not only of generations current and past, but also for generations to come.

South African Coasts - A Celebration Of Our Seas And Shores (Paperback): Sylvia A. Earle South African Coasts - A Celebration Of Our Seas And Shores (Paperback)
Sylvia A. Earle
R190 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R40 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This book showcases the very best of the photography as judged in the Sustainable Seas Trust 2013/14 competition. The extraordinary, prize-winning photographs are accompanied by illuminating essays from leading scientists, sports people and others whose lives are intimately connected with the seas.

It also serves as a call to create a South African network of Hope Spots, which are special, people-orientated marine conservation areas.

The hope is that, with the close involvement of the communities that live near and depend on the seas, we can safeguard our natural resources.

Humans Of New York (Hardcover, New): Brandon Stanton Humans Of New York (Hardcover, New)
Brandon Stanton 3
R793 R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Save R272 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An instant Number One New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in his attempt to capture ordinary New Yorkers in the most extraordinary of moments. The result of these efforts was "Humans of New York," a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes.

The blog has steadily grown, now boasting nearly a million devoted followers. Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog. With four hundred colour photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, and a distinctive vellum jacket, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that will appeal not just to those who have been drawn in by the outsized personalities of New York, but to anyone interested in the breathtaking scope of humanity it displays.

Heartfelt and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of a city.

Grace of Monaco - Princess in Dior (Hardcover): F. Muller Grace of Monaco - Princess in Dior (Hardcover)
F. Muller
R1,019 R751 Discovery Miles 7 510 Save R268 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Grace Kelly s life may have transformed from Hollywood star to Princess of Monaco, but her status as a style icon remained constant throughout her life, as evidenced by her thirty-year-long relationship with the illustrious house of Dior. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Musee Christian Dior in Granville, France, this sophisticated volume celebrates the close collaboration between Grace Kelly and Dior s artistic directors, from Christian Dior to Marc Bohan, who dressed her and her family for more than twenty years. This in-depth overview explores the evolving relationship between Dior s designers and their muse through insights from experts on Dior and Monaco s royals including a text penned by Princess Grace s favorite couturier Marc Bohan and beautiful images from Dior s archives as well as an exclusive photo shoot in the Prince s Palace of Monaco. Fashion-loving readers will be delighted to rediscover the classic elegance of Grace Kelly s wardrobe through the gorgeous designs created for her by Dior.

Oxford in Pictures (Hardcover): John Curtis Oxford in Pictures (Hardcover)
John Curtis
R260 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R62 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made into one." Oscar Wilde Oxford has for centuries inspired and delighted, and its beauty and antiquity have been celebrated by some of the most famous writers and artists in history. The unique characteristics of Oxford are captured in this stunning photographic collection - the famous colleges and grand buildings, the parks, the riverside walks and the wide streets. From Boars Hill to South Park, this beautiful book explores the familiar and the hidden Oxford. Extracts of poetry and prose from famous writers such as Lewis Carroll, Evelyn Waugh, Samuel Pepys, Dorothy L. Sayers and Jan Morris complement the images perfectly, creating a memorable portrait of this much-loved city.

île de païn - Anytime (Hardcover): Liezie Mulder île de païn - Anytime (Hardcover)
Liezie Mulder 4
R455 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R75 (16%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From sun up to sun down and beyond, chef Liezie Mulder takes us through a day in the life of her iconic Knysna restaurant, île de paÏn.

For every time of day, and every craving in between, there is a meal to nourish, delight, energise and celebrate the craft of good cooking. For Liezie, all the world’s a feast – her dishes are inspired by places she’s travelled to, her childhood and family heritage, whether it’s Bali or Israel or America and beyond. She tells the stories and meticulously guides us through making a range of recipes that, most importantly, always respect the ingredients.

  • Make casual, relaxed restaurant-quality dishes – most of the recipes are favourites that have appeared on the menu at île de pain
  • A wholesome, health-conscious approach to food that is both delicious and impressive to serve
  • A bread-baking section from île de pain’s master bakers. This is how to make proper bread!
  • The secrets to foolproof patisserie and sweet treats
  • A wide variety of tastes and techniques, inspired by the chef’s travels around the world
Vanishing Flora - A Photographic Tribute to South Africa's Endangered Wild Flowers (Hardcover): Anneke Kearney Vanishing Flora - A Photographic Tribute to South Africa's Endangered Wild Flowers (Hardcover)
Anneke Kearney
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Ships in 13 - 18 working days

South Africa has lost 116 indigenous flower species to three extinction categories: 'Extinct', 'Extinct in the Wild' and 'Critically Endangered, Possibly Extinct'. Mindful of the fact that extinctions are mainly due to people, Cape-based photographer Anneke Kearney compiled this photographic record of endangered plants to make people aware of the dire future of our beautiful plants, so that nobody can say, 'I didn't know'. Cape Town has more threatened species than any other area in the country. The most important other hotspots are Coega, Albany, Pondoland, KwaZulu-Natal midlands and Drakensberg, Magaliesberg, Sekhukhuneland-Drakensberg and Barberton. Renowned botanist and conservation campaigner, Dr Tony Rebelo, says in the Foreword that a call to action is not just for us. "It is for our children. It is not just for esoteric and idealist reasons. Thousands of visitors come ...every year just for the biodiversity. Hundreds of thousands more have it as one of the reasons for their visit. Our health, our relaxation, our existence is enhanced by living in a biodiversity showcase. The Littlest Kingdom on earth must retain its splendour ...there is space for everyone, including the biodiversity that occurs nowhere else on earth. This book with its spectacular photographs of rare and little seen plants, is sure to make a huge contribution to raising awareness of and spreading critical information on our indigenous flora.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 6 (Hardcover): Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 6 (Hardcover)
Royal Observatory Greenwich 1
R814 R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Save R247 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

All the winning and shortlisted images from the 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, hosted by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The images are submitted in one of the following categories: Image Categories * Earth and Space * Our Solar System * Deep Space * Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year Special Prize Categories * Best Newcomer * People and Space * Robotic Scope Each image is accompanied by caption, photographer, location and technical details. Exhibition Every year the Royal Observatory, Greenwich hosts a free exhibition of the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, showcasing some incredible images of the sky. www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto

Sea Change - Primal Joy and the Art of Underwater Tracking (Hardcover): Craig Foster, Ross Frylinck Sea Change - Primal Joy and the Art of Underwater Tracking (Hardcover)
Craig Foster, Ross Frylinck
R850 R688 Discovery Miles 6 880 Save R162 (19%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Sea Change takes you on an evocative journey into the secret life of an almost unknown ecosystem; the beautiful kelp forest of Southern Africa. Craig and Ross spent eight years exploring this sea forest together, diving almost every day. This is the story of what they found in the wild, and how it has transformed their lives.

CRAIG FOSTER is an award-winning filmmaker and avid naturalist. He has received over sixty international awards, including the Golden Panda, the “Oscar” of natural history filmmaking. He grew up foraging and diving on the Cape Peninsula and for the past eight years has pledged to dive in the kelp forest 365 times a year. Craig has worked closely with some of the world’s top kelp forest biologists, archaeologists, anthropologists and San rock art experts. He also spent many years studying with master San bushmen trackers in the Kalahari and it is from these experiences that he formed his underwater tracking method. This is his fourth book.

ROSS FRYLINCK has been exploring the South African coastline as a surfer and free-diver for most of his life. He started the Wavescape Ocean Festival, and has been pioneering ocean conservation and culture in South Africa for the past 15 years. He was once a commissioning editor for Cambridge University Press, and has been telling stories about the sea since his first school essay..

Seaside Photographed (Hardcover): Val Williams, Karen Shepherdson Seaside Photographed (Hardcover)
Val Williams, Karen Shepherdson
R659 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R151 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How has the seaside been photographed? From the roaring waves of the nineteenth century through the reportage of the 1960s and the critical documentary of the 80s and 90s, to what is perhaps the more intimate work of the last ten years. No-one can tell it exactly the way it is. We all have a vision of the seaside which is uniquely our own. Memories, false and real, are aided and abetted by photography, a unique, fascinating, but in the end unreliable source of evidence. And time changes everything. What remains are a set of substantial fragments, thoughts along the way, obsessions, records, constructions, journeys. Ours for the taking

Ons praat Afrikaans – diverse mense – een taal (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Douw Greeff, SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns Ons praat Afrikaans – diverse mense – een taal (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Douw Greeff, SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ons praat Afrikaans – diverse mense – een taal is meer as net nog ’n fotoboek: dit is die eindproduk van ’n projek wat sy ontstaan gevind het in een individu se liefde vir die Afrikaanse kultuur en taal, Douw Greeff. Die projek is geloods in 2016 toe fotograwe (amateur en ook professioneel) genader is om werke in te skryf wat hulle voel die Afrikaanse kultuur en taal raakvat. Verskeie inskrywings is ontvang en die top foto’s het deurgegaan na ’n beoordelings-rondte, waar ’n paneel die beste foto’s gekies het om in hierdie pragpublikasie te pronk.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Unforgettable Portraits (Hardcover): Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Unforgettable Portraits (Hardcover)
Natural History Museum 1
R650 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R190 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a collection of exceptional images from past years of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - the most famous and prestigious event of its kind in the world. Each portrait captures an intimate moment and reveals the character of both the individual and often of the species itself. Such images require both photographic skill and an intimacy with the subject that comes from spending long periods in the field. They have been taken by more than 50 award-winning photographers worldwide representing more than 20 countries.

Batsford's Cambridge Then and Now (Hardcover): Vaughan Grylls Batsford's Cambridge Then and Now (Hardcover)
Vaughan Grylls
R452 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R112 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Cambridge Then and Now is the latest in the long-running series that uncovers archive photos of the landmark sites of a city and re-photographs them from exactly the same viewpoint today. Cambridge Then and Now features vintage photos that date back to the Victorian era, through the twentieth century up until the early 1960s. And while many of the colleges have remained remarkably similar; the cars, the bikes and the fashion on the street has changed a great deal. Cambridge sites include: King's College, Queen's College, St.John's College, Trinity Hall College, Peterhouse, Magadalene College, Pembroke College, Jesus College, Jesus Green, Parker's Piece, the Mathematical Bridge, Great St. Mary's Church, the Corn Exchange, the Arts Theatre, Grantchester Rectory and the American Cemetery.

Happy Cats - Photos of Felines Feeling Fab (Hardcover): Charlie Ellis Happy Cats - Photos of Felines Feeling Fab (Hardcover)
Charlie Ellis 1
R249 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R63 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For every cat that hisses and stares at you, there is a happy cat somewhere in the world that would love to receive your attention. A celebration of joyful and jubilant felines, this book is especially crafted for all the cat lovers out there who are desperate to have a puss that loves them back.

Everyone is present - Essays on photography, memory and family (Hardcover): Terry Kurgan Everyone is present - Essays on photography, memory and family (Hardcover)
Terry Kurgan
R460 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R103 (22%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this book, Terry Kurgan begins with a family snapshot made by her Polish grandfather in 1939 on the eve of the war. Presenting this evocative image as a repository of multiple histories—public, private, domestic, familial and generational—she sets off on a series of meditations on photography that give us startling insights into how photographs work: what they conceal, how they mislead, what provocations they contain. Each essay takes up the thread of the story of her family’s epic journey across Europe as they flee—country by country— Nazi occupation, until they reach Cape Town, South Africa. But Kurgan takes detours, circles back, diverts attention elsewhere, enriching and also disrupting the narrative with digressions on the way Google has changed our relationship to photography, on her grandfather’s eloquent daily journals, on the shipboard flirtations of her fascinating grandmother, on vanity, on self representation, on loss and return, home and exile. Kurgan’s richly satisfying essays are part memoir, part travelogue, part analysis and they demonstrate her sophisticated understanding of a medium that has long engaged her as an artist. Everyone is Present: Essays on Photography, Memory and Family.

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