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This work explores Guatemala. Considered by some to be the most beautiful and yet the most tragic of Latin American countries, Guatemala's military regimes gave the word "disappeared" its sinister connotations. Its majority Maya population has kept its culture alive despite five centuries of almost apartheid oppression. A mecca for tourists drawn by its lakes, volcanoes and indigenous culture, Guatemala is also a land of all-pervasive injustice and political violence.
View the beauty of the Peach State as you've never seen it before. From the coastal islands to the sculpted mountains, Georgia Unforgettable will leave a lasting impression. Featuring more than 143 color photographs from professional photographers Robb Helfrick and James Randklev, you will see Georgia's natural beauty and it's historic architecture. Georgia Unforgettable showcases the state's true character and unique charm. From Savannah's historic squares to Atlanta's towering skyscrapers, and from the outer coastal islands to inland towns, come find out why Georgia is truly unforgettable.
There are hundreds of Greek islands. Why did Mykonos become, in just a few decades, one of the world's top vacation spots? Part of the answer can be found in these remarkable images, which show the natural beauty and traditional island culture that initially attracted artists, writers, and celebrities like Jackie Kennedy. These photographs, taken in 1955 and 1957 - many for National Geographic - re-create a daylong visit to Mykonos in the days before cars, running water, and electricity. We disembark in the Old Harbor and wander the picturesque streets of Chora (the main town), watching the townspeople at their daily tasks. We visit St. Panteleimon Monastery on a festival day, and take a caique (a traditional wooden boat) to see the ruins on the neighbouring island of Delos. Every photograph is reproduced as a full-page tritone of surpassing quality, and accompanied by a detailed caption. This book will fascinate modern-day visitors to Mykonos, as well as those who trace their roots to the Greek islands.
Chris Andrews Publications started out by producing a series of postcards in Oxford and then extended to calendars and books. Then we expanded the area covered to the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon, Bath and the Thames & Chilterns. Chris has been photographing for many years - but his real ability is not just as a photographer - it is having the vision to create interesting images that have a 'use'. An attractive picture, relevant, meaningful and immediately useable in a publication. The skills to record landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and cookery have common denominators as well as huge challenges. Keeping in mind the desire to produce natural pictures means Chris is busy behind the camera in all seasons and photographs with a minimum of interference.
The Day of the Dead Celebration is the most important holiday of the year in Mexico and parts of the American Southwest, a joyful time when families remember their dead. Day of the Dead provides a colorful look at the iconic folk art and family traditions that play a vital role in the event, which happens across the country from October 31 through November 2.
Kitty Williams and Stevie Mack have led Day of the Dead art and cultural tours in Mexico for many years. Through their company CRIZMAC Art & Cultural Education Materials, Inc., they produce award-winning curriculum resources for schools and institutions, including video programs such as Flickering Lights: Days of the Dead. They live in Tucson, Arizona.
The art and tradition behind this unique and joyous Mexican celebration
San Francisco photographer Marcia Lieberman hiked through South
Wales photographing a collection of ancient stones the size of
small giants. Older than Stonehenge, these stones were placed in
their current locations more than 4,000 years ago, and since then
they have not been moved. Lieberman writes, "The stones were
massive--some of them 15 feet above the ground (another 5 feet
below)...Respected and protected by the community, the maenhir (the
Welsh name for such singular stones) stood and waited. I found the
isolation and singularity of the maenhir compelling and idiomatic.
For in fact, it is not known why they exist or how they got there.
What fascinated me most were the stories associated with each stone
and the mysteries and dark sensibilities that local farmers told."
Lieberman sat with a stone for hours, and captured the silent
presence and particular character of each one. Stationed on the
land, whispered about, and protected by the farming population,
these national treasures represent lost souls and wandering ghosts.
The Regent's Canal, the Limehouse Cut, the Hertford Union and the Lee Navigation collectively cut a swathe through north and east London. This 14 mile path, cycle and waterway is a journey full of intriguing contrasts: From the amateur sports fields of Regent's Park to London's new Olympic Park. From the studio where Hitchcock directed some of his early films to MTV in Camden Lock. From fine period housing to industrial wasteland, social housing and new canalside builds. From the pleasure boats chugging to Camden to the sleek Eurostars roaring off to Paris. The use of canals has changed dramatically over the past fifty years from one of industrial transportation to waterfront living and leisure activities. The canals in this book have undergone major phases of rebirth with new developments at King's Cross, Limehouse and the Olympic Park in Newham. Illustrator David Fathers offers a snapshot of how the canals were formed and how they appear today, in a series of arresting and information-packed pages following a course from Little Venice to the River Thames at Limehouse, and on to the Olympic Park.
Asked to conjure an image of Cuba, most Americans see a country of elegant, crumbling buildings and old American cars. While it takes less than twenty-five minutes to fly from Miami to Havana, the United States and its island neighbor have been mired in hostility and distrust since the Castro Revolution ousted the American-backed puppet Batista fifty years ago. Shared family connections have allowed both Americans and Cubans to separate the governments of each country from its people, but there is still misunderstanding on both sides.
Photographs that purport to represent Cuba and its people often reproduce the narrow American imagination of the place, starting and ending in Old Habana. While it is true that the buildings in this small section of the city, many of which are 300 years old, have been crumbling for 150 years, and many of the cars are from the pre-Revolution era, this quaint image bears little reality to the country and its people.
The documentary photographer Jack Combs has been making photographs of the Cuban people over the course of six years and fifteen visits to the island. His images range from the urban to the rural, from saturated colors and polished night skies to vibrant street scenes full of movement and sere agricultural landscapes. Much of Combs's time was spent outside Havana, traveling to cities, smaller towns, villages, and farms in every Cuban province. His pictures of agricultural life are beautiful pastoral compositions. Rarer still is the emphasis his eye places on ordinary people living their everyday lives. Their faces and settings demonstrate that Cubans may have less than they need, but they are nonetheless a people of strength, good humor, and great national pride. The breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of its massive economic subsidies may have shattered the Cuban leaders' dream of economic independence, but not the people's spirit.
"Distributed for Documentary Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico"
As read on BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 'Sherman's is a special book. Every sentence, every thought she has, every question she asks, every detail she notices, offers something. The Bells of Old Tokyo is a gift . . . It is a masterpiece.' Spectator For over 300 years, Japan closed itself to outsiders, developing a remarkable and unique culture. During its period of isolation, the inhabitants of the city of Edo, later known as Tokyo, relied on its public bells to tell the time. In her remarkable book, Anna Sherman tells of her search for the bells of Edo, exploring the city of Tokyo and its inhabitants and the individual and particular relationship of Japanese culture - and the Japanese language - to time, tradition, memory, impermanence and history. Through Sherman's journeys around the city and her friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, The Bells of Old Tokyo presents a series of hauntingly memorable voices in the labyrinth that is the metropolis of the Japanese capital: An aristocrat plays in the sea of ashes left by the Allied firebombing of 1945. A scientist builds the most accurate clock in the world, a clock that will not lose a second in five billion years. A sculptor eats his father's ashes while the head of the house of Tokugawa reflects on the destruction of his grandfather's city ('A lost thing is lost. To chase it leads to darkness'). The result is a book that not only engages with the striking otherness of Japanese culture like no other, but that also marks the arrival of a dazzling new writer as she presents an absorbing and alluring meditation on life through an exploration of a great city and its people.
Pack your bags for an extraordinary adventure with National Geographic to the places that have captivated our imaginations for centuries. In this visually stunning volume, the world's leading authority on cultural travel and history showcases fifty bucket-list-ready destinations on every continent, from Easter Island's haunting stone moai to Kyoto's breathtaking temples. Vintage photographs from the National Geographic archives tell the backstory of the discovery and earliest visitors to places like Machu Picchu, Pompeii, Egypt's Great Pyramids, and more, while showstopping contemporary photographs bring them to life in exquisite detail. Full-spread features on lesser known and less visited sites, such as Pompeii's better-preserved sister city Herculaneum, offer readers extraordinary opportunities to deepen their travel experience and discover places where the past can truly come to life.
Excellent food, sublime wines, a unique cultural heritage and magnificent countryside - all this and more is what you can expect to find in France, one of the most popular countries to visit in Europe. Attractions range from the tall peaks of the Alps and the Pyrenees, to the lovely Loire Valley, and the sophisticated Cote d'Azur. Then there are the great cities - the capital, Paris, and a number of enchanting regional centres, such as Strasbourg, Lyon and Marseille. France invites you to discover its glorious treasures by car. This big travel handbook shows you the highlights along twelve beautiful routes - from ancient pilgrimage routes to remote country lanes, from the Massif Central to the famous regions and landscapes like Normandy, Champagne and the Alsace. This volume is supplemented by a guide to all French UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites. In addition, there are plans of all the major towns and a 176-page road atlas, making Discover France a unique combination of picture book, travel guide and atlas.
Derbyshire has a wealth of old roads, lanes, tracks, hollow ways and paths, some dating back thousands of years. It is a network which links a fascinating variety of sometimes enigmatic monuments, from fortified hilltops and stone circles to ruined abbeys and hermitages, ancient churches and tumuli. The Old Roads of Derbyshire traces the development of these roads, from prehistoric ridgeways, Roman 'streets' and medieval pilgrimage routes to the growth of the turnpikes, and finally to leisure use by cyclists and hikers. Travellers of all kinds are included: 'jaggers' with their packhorse trains, pilgrims, drovers, pedlars and tramps, and passengers in stage coaches and wagons, as well as the essential infrastructure of bridges and inns. The Derbyshire Portway is explored as an example of an ancient route which was old before the Romans arrived, but was used well into the eighteenth century, and one that can still be followed today. A detailed walking guide, fully illustrated with maps and photos, is provided for the sixty-plus miles of its route, from the River Trent, near Nottingham, to deep into the Dark Peak.
What do the Great Wall of China, Georgia's polyphonic singing, the Mediterranean diet and the Vanuatu sand drawings have in common? Despite their evident dissimilarity, they are all protected by UNESCO, the supranational organisation that is responsible for preserving the common cultural heritage of humanity, protecting it from disappearance and ensuring its conservation for future generations. The Great Wall of China is one of the natural and cultural sites that comprise the famous list of World Heritage Sites, compiled by UNESCO while the other three are part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage list that includes immaterial goods. In fact, in 2003, the UNESCO General Conference adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage with the intent to safeguard the traditional cultures and folklore of our planet. Today, over 400 practices and expressions from more than 100 countries represent the riches and demonstrate the cultural diversity of the populations in the world. Appearing on this variegated list of traditions are the art of the "pizzaiuoli" - the pizza makers of Naples, the Carnival of Basel, the Rebetiko music of Greece, Japanese kabuki theatre, Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration, the Brazilian capoeira, Chinese shadow puppetry and the mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith, Kumbh Mela. This book of photographs and splendid illustrations will guide you on your discovery of the Intangible Cultural Heritage list; a journey that will open your eyes to the cultural riches of our planet and to the importance of preserving them for future generations
A hotspot in the North Atlantic, Iceland is one of the world's most unusual countries. It is Europe's second largest island but its most sparsely populated country. Sitting astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, linking the North Atlantic plate with the Eurasian plate, it is closer to Greenland than Europe. It lies just south of the Arctic Circle, but, warmed by Gulf Stream waters, has a temperate climate. It has fiery volcanoes and freezing glaciers, striking black sand beaches and hot geysers - the word geyser itself comes from Icelandic. And a geologically young landmass, Iceland is still taking shape: a volcanic eruption in 1963 caused the formation of the new island of Surtsey. Iceland is a fascinating exploration of this most beautiful island. From volcanoes and lava flows to geysers and geothermal pools, from bird life to whale-watching, from national parks, verdant valleys to inland tundra, and from how waterfalls are used for hydro-electric power to Reykjavik's city life, the book is packed with 200 spectacular colour photographs. Presented in a landscape format and with captions explaining the story behind each entry, Iceland is a stunning collection of images celebrating the world's most curious island.
Australia's highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, is a dangerous place. Evan Hayes was an ordinary Australian battler. Hardworking, likable. Laurie Seaman was a world-wise American. Adventurous, affluent. When this athletic pair of cross-country skiers disappeared into the wilds of Kosciuszko they left a mystery, and became a sensation. Following their trail, Kosciuszko reveals the story of a young Australia between wars told by one of Australia's leading historical voices. When Evan and Laurie went missing in August 1928, Australia's Snowy Mountains were remote. Traversing the globe from New York's Long Island to Siberia to Sydney and beyond Charlotte Pass, with shipboard romance and industrial strife along the way, this is the story of two very different people growing to manhood in a world of change. Accompanied by a diverse cast including motor car enthusiasts and aviators, bushmen and horsemen, trackers and journalists, this is the true story of a meeting of peoples and nations. This is history in a land of legend. From the world-famous to the nearly-forgotten, Kosciuszko is more than a mountain, it is a collective heritage, part of Australia's sense of self. Evan and Laurie are guides to this vantage point, to a time and place that deserves to be better known. At Kosciuszko, Australians came together in peacetime. And they did so simply because two mates vanished.
Redcar, Marske & Saltburn Through Time is a wonderful collection of old and new photographs of this historic area of Yorkshire. The older images are printed alongside a contemporary full colour photograph, which illustrates the same scene. The contrasting illustrations show how the area has changed and developed during the last 100 years. The photographs illustrate shops, schools, garages, churches, houses and street scenes, each photograph is captioned and the book has an introduction which gives a brief overview of the history of the area. As you browse through the photographs, you will notice the increase in the number of vehicles on the roads and the number of residents, how shops and other businesses have evolved and the changes and developments in modes of transportation and the architecture of the area.
Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more ominous and distinct only as the decade wore on. Recapturing what ordinary Americans saw on the screen during the emerging Nazi threat, Thomas Doherty reclaims forgotten films, such as Hitler's Reign of Terror (1934), a pioneering anti-Nazi docudrama by Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.; I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936), a sensational true tale of "a Hollywood girl in Naziland!"; and Professor Mamlock (1938), an anti-Nazi film made by German refugees living in the Soviet Union. Doherty also recounts how the disproportionately Jewish backgrounds of the executives of the studios and the workers on the payroll shaded reactions to what was never simply a business decision. As Europe hurtled toward war, a proxy battle waged in Hollywood over how to conduct business with the Nazis, how to cover Hitler and his victims in the newsreels, and whether to address or ignore Nazism in Hollywood feature films. Should Hollywood lie low, or stand tall and sound the alarm? Doherty's history features a cast of charismatic personalities: Carl Laemmle, the German Jewish founder of Universal Pictures, whose production of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) enraged the nascent Nazi movement; Georg Gyssling, the Nazi consul in Los Angeles, who read the Hollywood trade press as avidly as any studio mogul; Vittorio Mussolini, son of the fascist dictator and aspiring motion picture impresario; Leni Riefenstahl, the Valkyrie goddess of the Third Reich who came to America to peddle distribution rights for Olympia (1938); screenwriters Donald Ogden Stewart and Dorothy Parker, founders of the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League; and Harry and Jack Warner of Warner Bros., who yoked anti-Nazism to patriotic Americanism and finally broke the embargo against anti-Nazi cinema with Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939).
The Holy Land is a prophetic place where history, faith, and
tradition are deeply rooted and in glorious evidence, a crossroads
of peoples and armies, contested since its beginnings and inflamed
by political and religious conflicts. This stirring primer on the
area comprised, roughly, of Israel, the Palestinian Territories,
Jordan, and parts of Lebanon, captures the cradle of three of the
world's great religions in splendid photographs and reverent text.
Exploring Biblical sites and religious monuments, harsh desert
landscapes and verdant orchards, luxurious resorts and modern
cities, this stunning album showcases not only the physical but the
spiritual essence of a place steeped in history.
Paris Then and Now captures the changes that have taken place in the French capital from the heady days of the Belle Epoque through to the 1940s. Matching classic archive images with the same viewpoint taken today the book provides a stunning visual history to Europe's most beautiful and romantic city. Paris d'hier et d'aujourd'hui retrace les changements operes dans la capitale entre les jours insouciants de la Belle Epoque et les annees 1940. Par la confrontation d'images photographiques d'archives avec des photos d'aujourd'hui prises sous le meme angle de vue, ce livre propose une histoire visuelle de la plus belle et de la plus romantique des villes d'Europe. Inclus: Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Statue de Strasbourg, Ministere de la Marine, Cour du Louvre, Comedie Francaise, Rue de Rivoli, Place Vendome, Eglise de la Madeleine, Opera de Paris, Galeries Lafayette, Boulevard des Capucines, Gare St. Lazare, Fontaine des Innocents, Theatre du Chatelet, Hotel de Ville, Centre George Pompidou, Place de la Bastille, Pont Marie, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Pont Neuf, Pont St. Michel, Rue de Bievre, Shakespeare and Company, La Sorbonne, Station de Metro Odeon, Cour de Rohan, Carrefour de Buci, Rue de Constantine / Rue de Lutece, Pantheon, Palais du Luxembourg, Cafe de Flore, Place Saint Medard, La Ruche, Usine Citroen / Parc Andre Citroen, Rue Berton, Tour Eiffel, Place du Trocadero / Palais de Chaillot. Pont de L'Alma, Gare d'Orsay, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise, Place de la Republique, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Canal Saint-Martin, Gare de L'Est et Gare du Nord.
An essential companion to anyone with a camera who is visiting South Wales. With a foreword by the broadcaster Kate Humble. In this extensive photo-location and visitor guidebook, award winning landscape and wildlife photographer Drew Buckley describes the most beautiful places in South Wales to visit and photograph whether you are using a high-end DSLR or a mobile phone camera. Photographing South Wales is a photography-location and visitor guidebook. An essential companion for anyone with a camera who is visiting South Wales. South Wales is a land of big skies above majestic mountains, lush green countryside, idyllic wooded river valleys and towering waterfalls, all fringed by a coastline of sea cliffs, golden beaches and turquoise waters. Explore the Brecon Beacons National Park and the coastline of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, home to quaint fishing harbours, secret coves, grey seals and puffins. Then venture to hidden spots on the Gower and South East Wales, and as far north as Ceredigion and Aberystwyth in Mid Wales. South Wales is rich with history, myths and legends. You will discover the remains of iron age forts, bronze age burial chambers and prehistoric stones with many medieval castles bringing drama to the picturesque landscape.
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