Michael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961

Kevin Bubriski (Author) Michael Rockefeller (Photographer)
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From April to August 1961, recent Harvard graduate Michael Clark Rockefeller was sound recordist and still photographer on a remarkable multidisciplinary expedition to the Dani people of highland New Guinea. In five short months he produced a wonderful body of work, including over 4,000 black-and-white negatives.

In this catalogue, photographer Kevin Bubriski explores Rockefeller's journey into the culture and community of the Dani and into rapport with the people whose lives he chronicled. The book reveals not only the young photographer's growing fluency in the language of the camera, but also the development of his personal way of seeing the Dani world around him. Although Rockefeller's life was cut tragically short on an expedition to the Asmat in the fall of 1961, his photographs are as vivid today as they were the moment they were made.

Featuring over 75 photographs, this beautiful volume is the first publication of a substantial body of Michael Rockefeller's visual legacy. Rockefeller's extraordinary photographs reveal both the resilient spirit of the Dani people and the anthropological and aesthetic eye of a young man full of promise. In a Foreword, Robert Gardner provides a personal recollection of Michael Rockefeller's experience in the New Guinea highlands.

Product Details

Price
$35.00
Publisher
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Publish Date
March 31, 2007
Pages
87
Dimensions
9.96 X 0.41 X 9.43 inches | 1.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780873658065

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About the Author

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.
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.

Reviews

Scenes of tribal life possess a certain beauty and innocence, and this volume is made all the more poignant by the fact that [Rockefeller] did not get to continue his work, for he disappeared while on his next expedition. The documents reproduced here are a fascinating first look at the considerable talent of this anthropologist with a camera.-- (12/01/2007)