Maraini: Acts of Photography, Acts of Love

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Maraini: Acts of Photography, Acts of Low is an extraordinary selection of the photography of Fosco Maraini in a beautifully printed, multilanguage, oversized hardcover edition. Maraini's career as an ethnologist, photographer, filmmaker, mountaineer, writer and professor spans a period of more than 60 years. Perhaps best known for his work on Tibet and Japan, Maraini has extensively photographed the Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountain ranges of central Asia, Southeast Asia and the south of his native Italy. His work on Tibet and on the Ainu people of Northern Japan is perhaps the most important historical documentation of two lost cultures. Maraini features four essays in three languages (English, Italian, and Japanese) and more than 100 black-and-white and color images.

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Fosco Maraini resides in Florence, Italy, where was born in 1912. He has written dozens of books and articles now translated into several languages, and taught Japanese culture at the University of Florence. He accompanied the noted Italian Tibetologist Giuseppi Tucci on two expeditions to Tibet in 1937 and 1948. Maraini has exhibited his photographs numerous times in Europe and Japan.

The four essays are by Dacia Maraini, Maraini's daughter and one of Italy's foremost writers; Martin Collcutt, Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University; Nicholas Clinch, author and former director of the Sierra Club Foundation; and John Bigelow Taylor, photographer and co-producer/designer of Maraini.

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Nicholas Clinch Like other great mountain photographers such as Vittorio Sella, Ansel Adams, and Galen Rowell, Fosco Maraini is a mountaineer. A mountaineer is more than just a scrambler to summits, he is a man who is at home in the mountains. Fosco's climbing has honed his sensitivity to the intricacies and subtleties of mountain form, and has given him an understanding of the high hills that frequently is lacking in those who just gaze at mountains form a distance. Or as the famous Everester George Leigh-Mallory wrote, 'to struggle and to understand, that is the law.'

Fosco Maraini brings an uncommonly brilliant background to his art. His comprehensive knowledge of the history, culture, and religion of many people, and especially mountain people, provides a rich filter through which he interprets the mountain experience by word and photograph. Recommending books is never simple, but answering the question what single book one should read about the Karakoram is easy. I always say "Karakoram", by Fosco Faraini. When it came out in 1959, "Karakoram" was one of the two finest books on that incredible mountain region. The other was "Karakoram and Western Himalaya," written by Filippo de Filippi in 1912, with photographs by Vittorio Sella. Interestingly enough, both books were by Italians. But de Filippi and Sella were helped by an army of assistants, while Fosco Maraini did his book and photographs by himself. Today, forty years later a flood of expeditions to that "Throne Room of the Mountain Gods" has produced many fine books, but "Karakoram" still sets the standard for its superb combination of text and pictures.

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