Mediterranean Color: Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Greece

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Photographs and text reveal the vivid sense of color characteristic of traditional houses, shops, shrines, and other sites in the Mediterranean area

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Jeffrey Becom is a contemporary renaissance man - painter, photographer, and writer - whose work is exhibited widely. He was the focus of a PBS film entitled For the Colors, on the traditional architecture and decoration of Italy. He is also the author of Maya Color published by Abbeville Press. Paul Goldberger is one of the nation's most respected architecture critics. The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his work at The New York Times, he has been the architectural critic at The New Yorker since 1997. He lives with his wife and his three sons in New York

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For Mediterranean villagers, dressing their dwellings in bold colors is a way of expressing individuality and pride in a world otherwise ruled by nature and the Church. Becom made their flamboyant architecture the focus of his photographic lens from 1978 to 1988, and the resulting images are here complemented by lively anecdotes. Becom tells of visiting a Venetian fisherman whose cottage he'd photographed five years earlier and finding it painted different hues. As Becom watches, the owner again changes its appearance from lobster-red and yolk-yellow to vermillion and shocking pink. Then there's the tradition of Camogli wives, who coat their narrow, cliffside houses with striking shades so each husband can recognize his home from the sea. Becom's graceful text is as satisfying to the mind as his photographs are to the eye, examining why these peasant traditions arose and why, in most cases, they are dying out.
- Lisa Mullenneaux, Iowa City
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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