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pp. 178, evocative b/w photographs give the Arctic as sense of place and its people, taken by distinguished British art dealer and amateur photographer Charles Gimpel in the 1950s &60s.
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Book Description Penguin, Toronto, 1994. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Charles Gimpel photographs (illustrator). First. 1994 Large Hardcover book , First Edition , in its original dust Jacket . New from 1994 publisher . Never opened, Never marked ; minor rub 1" top edge, very very minor scuffs to light grey background of back glossy cover. Book size: 11" wide x 12 " tall x 1" thick; , weighs nearly 4 pounds ; 178 pages with index ; illustrated throughout with more than 127 black & white photographs by Charles Gimpel . Large handsome book; cocoa-brown textured cloth over boards, with Gold gilt title impressed on spine; in black & white on grey glossy photographic jacket, with matching dove-grey endpages. Foreword by Terry Ryan, West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, Cape Dorset . There is a charming photograph of Gimpel in mukluks and parka, struggling with his cameras in the snow, on the back cover . Inuit miners at the North Rankin nickel mine 1958; Father Trinel at his home in Cape Dorset; Inuit family life; King Watsiak, Cape Dorset 1961; a refrigerator arrives at Lake Harbour, 1958 ; Itilliarjuk Camp, 1960s ; Tasiujakjuak 1962; Inuit people at Pangnirtung, many many more . These are some of the last photographs of the old way of life of the Inuit people, in the last days before it vanished forever . During the 1950s and 1960s, British art dealer and amateur photographer Charles Gimpel made several journeys to the Canadian North . At that time, few people had travelled to the Arctic, or ever seen " Eskimos " , Esquimaux, in their native habitat . Gimpel was the first European art dealer to recognize the artistic qualities of Inuit sculpture, and had put it on exhibition . Even though he never enjoyed good health after being interned in concentration camps during the Second World War, and in spit of the fact that he intensely disliked the cold weather . Charles was fearless about immersing himself into the Inuit culture, and adapting to their often harsh way of life in the frozen north . He learned to speak their language, Inuktitut, and took his camera along wherever he went, including on some lengthly travels by dog team . His Inuk guid, Joansie Salomonie, said " Charles would do everything we do " . By the time of his last visit to Canada's northern region, in the late 1960s, the Inuit world, which had changed very little for countless centuries . was changing dramatically right before his eyes . The skidoo was replacing the dog sleds, and the sod huts and snow houses were being phased out for pre-fab wood houses and even styrofoam igloos had popped up on the scene . Inuit sculpture was avidly sought after by collectors around the world, and Inuit art of all kinds had become a multi-million dollar enterprise . When he saw clothing, rather than being made in the traditional way, was being imported from 'outside' , or the southern part of Canada, and power boats ahd made their way in . along with, of all things, refrigerators . Yes, someone could sell refrigerators to Eskimos . and did so . It was then that Charles said goodbye to the Inuit and captured his last frozen north photographs of the people there . But the legacy he left behind him lives on in his haunting photographs life in a rapidly changing land; of skin tents at Sugluk, Inuit children in small schoolrooms in the 1950s, Frobisher Bay peoples in traditional dress ; native artists drawing, and sculptors carving, in their homes in the early 60s, and more . Editor Maria Tippet , who lives both in British Columbia Canada, and Cambridge, England, with her husband, British historian Peter Clarke, has compiled a superb selection of Gimpel's photographs in this book . Sensitive to her subject, Tippet, who has won the Governor General's Award for her biography of artist Emily Carr , has lectured on Canadian culture at universities and galleries throughout Canada and abroad . She is a research associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute, at Cambridge University . This book is : " Between Two Cultures - A Photographer Among the Inuit " . by Maria Tippett, with Photographs by Charles Gimpel &. Seller Inventory # 6492
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