Page by page, this book takes us on a journey through the built
world that ranges from Greece to Guatemala and from New York to San
Francisco. Tedlock practices what he calls photowriting, a creative
process that brings photographer and writer together in the same
person. It may be true enough that a photograph can show more than
words can say, but it is equally true that words can say more than
a photograph can show. A third space opens up in the middle, where
the viewer-reader can look back and forth between image and text at
Tedlock looks at the built world with the eye of an
archaeologist and ethnographer. His long experience as a
fieldworker has made him acutely aware of the ways in which
buildings are continuously altered by human actions and natural
forces. Anthropology assigns ruins to archaeology and structures
currently in use to ethnology, but Tedlock reminds the viewer that
an occupied building bears marks of the same processes that produce
archaeological remains. As he puts it, "Whenever I look around at
the worlds humans build for themselves, I see archaeology in the
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