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Focus East

Perez, Nissan N.

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ISBN 10: 0810909243 / ISBN 13: 9780810909243
Published by Abrams, 1988
Condition: As New Hardcover
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This a perfect copy. So many of these pictures are of the very earleist examples of the usage of this medium to record the world around the artisan using it. A great insight to life in the Near East, especially Egypt and the Palestine area. Size: 12x15. Bookseller Inventory # 000895

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Title: Focus East

Publisher: Abrams

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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Gathers photographs of the nineteenth century Middle East and its people, culture, and ruins, and offers brief profiles of early photographers

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In the half-century after the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, photographers, tourists, explorers and missionaries trekked to alien cultures from Egypt to Iraq, taking their conceptual baggage with them. This hypnotic assemblage of 275 photographs is a flowing panorama of ambivalent imageswomen of Bethlehem, Berbers, the serene, majestic Sphinx, Arab rice vendors and musicians, the Wailing Wall, Armenian monks in Jerusalem. Perez is a curator at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and organizer of an international exhibit, which this album catalogues. In an enlightening essay, he examines the typical Westerner's trip to the Near East (or Orient) as a bourgeois rite of passage to an idealized terrain. While travelers treated Biblical sites or Egyptian monuments with respect and reverence, they viewed the local people as curiosities. The photographs are full of period charm, many have historical value, none is without interest.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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