A collection of fine art b&w portraits of the Nepali people and landscape taken by a one-time Peace Corps volunteer. Each large format print is well reproduced with broad tonal qualities. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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American photographer Bubriski traveled to remote areas of Nepal "to document a time and a way of life slipping inexorably into the past." He succeeded admirably, and the result is this collection of nearly 90 black-and-white photographs of the Nepalese. A former Peace Corps worker in Nepal in the 1970s, Bubriski returned to this small, exotic kingdom and, over a period of three years, trekked to four different regions. His large-format camera engendered an unhurried photographic process that yielded direct, formal portraits. His shots are not intended to catch the spontaneous moment but rather to record the deliberate encounter. While most of the images are portraits, a few are stunning, somewhat abstract landscapes. Bubriski's photographs are held in several permanent museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Highly recommended for photography and Asian studies collections.
- Pamela Bellows, Northwestern Connecticut Community-Technical Coll. Lib., Winsted
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In the nineteenth century, the likes of Samuel Bourne and John Thomson lugged heavy gear halfway around the world to photograph the people and sights of exotic Asia. In modern times, Bubriski's motivations, methods, and results are virtually the same. Using a large view camera and black-and-white film, he poses the Nepalese with antique formality--always facing the lens directly--and, although greatly sympathetic, he evokes most clearly their exoticism. This backward-looking approach is the troubling aspect of what is in other respects a lovely book. Bubriski is obviously familiar with the country in which he has lived for many years, and he takes us beyond the Himalayan scenes stereotypical of Nepal to remote village life. His meticulous skill and very good eye yield a collection of rich, exquisite photographs, which he disposes into four sections corresponding to the main geographical divisions of Nepal. If they don't tell us much about change in Nepal, they beautifully describe its ancient, perhaps eternal, aspects. Gretchen Garner
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Book Description Chronicle Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110811803015
Book Description Chronicle Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0811803015