Human Documents: Eight Photographers

Robert Gardner (Author) Charles Warren (Editor)
& 8 more
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Description

In Human Documents, Robert Gardner introduces the work of photographers with whom he has worked over a period of nearly fifty years under the auspices of the Film Study Center at Harvard. Their images achieve the status of what Gardner calls "human documents" visual evidence that testifies to our shared humanity. In images and words, the book adds to the already significant literature on photography and filmmaking as ways to gather both fact and insight into the human condition. In nearly 100 images spanning geographies and cultures including India, New Guinea, Ethiopia, and the United States, Human Documents demonstrates the important role photography can play in furthering our understanding of human nature and connecting people through an almost universal visual language.

Author and cultural critic Eliot Weinberger contributes the essay "Photography and Anthropology (A Contact Sheet)," in which he provides a new and intriguing context for viewing and thinking about the images presented here.

With photographs by Michael Rockefeller, Robert Gardner, Kevin Bubriski, Adelaide de Menil, Christopher James, Jane Tuckerman, Susan Meiselas, and Alex Webb.

Product Details

Price
$50.00
Publisher
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Publish Date
November 01, 2009
Pages
128
Dimensions
11.1 X 0.7 X 9.2 inches | 2.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780873658577
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About the Author

Robert Gardner was a nonfiction filmmaker, author, and founder of the Film Study Center at Harvard. His films include Dead Birds and Forest of Bliss.
Charles Warren teaches film studies at Boston University and the Harvard Extension School and is the editor of Beyond Document: Essays on Nonfiction Film.
Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.
Kevin Bubriski's fine art photography is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Bibliothe`que Nationale, Paris, and he is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. Bubriski's books include Portrait of Nepal (Chronicle Books, 1993), Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero (powerHouse, 2002), Look into My Eyes: Nuevomexicanos por vida 1981-83 (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2016), and Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War (powerHouse Books, 2018). His retrospective monograph Nepal 1975- 2011 was published by Radius Books and the Peabody Museum Press of Harvard University in 2014. From 2016-2017 Bubriski was a Senior Scholar Fulbright Fellow in Nepal, where he pursued his photography in Nepal's remotest regions. Bubriski lives with his wife in Vermont.
Susan Meiselas (born in Baltimore, 1948) joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and is president of Magnum Foundation. She has received numerous awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal; Leica Award for Excellence; Hasselblad Foundation Photography Prize; Cornel Capa Infinity Award; and Harvard Arts Medal, and was a MacArthur Fellow. She received her MA in visual education from Harvard University and has published numerous books, including Nicaragua (1981; reissued by Aperture 2008, 2016) and On the Front Line (Aperture, 2017).
Teju Cole was born in the United States to Nigerian parents and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two works of fiction: Every Day is for the Thief, a novella, and the novel Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis. Cole, a contributor to the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications, is also an art historian and a photographer.

Reviews

These extraordinary photographs, from the eyes of eight very different photographers, remind us of the humanising role of photography. The images work at the blurred boundaries between anthropology and photographic practices as both attempt to translate different experiences of the world from one space to another. The photographers represented here are acutely aware of this challenge, and their images go back to the classic roots of the medium at its most powerful.--Elizabeth Edwards, Senior Research Fellow, University of the Arts, London
Human Documents is a book of stunning photographs which collectively show that visual art is more than merely illustrative.--Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains beyond Mountains
Some scholars are remembered as having been pioneers in their fields. In the case of Robert Gardner, an entire academic discipline, visual anthropology, came into being simply to formalize what he was already doing. For more than fifty years he has been an inspiration as an author, photographer, filmmaker, and teacher. Human Documents is a beautiful and profound book, as significant as any to appear since Susan Sontag's On Photography.--Wade Davis, author of The Serpent and the Rainbow
In nearly 100 images spanning geographies and cultures including India, Ethiopia, and the United States, Human Documents demonstrates the important role photography can play in still furthering our understanding of human nature and connecting people through an almost universal visual language.--Dominique James"San Francisco Book Review" (02/01/2010)