The New World's Old World.
Photographic Views of Ancient America.
Edited by May Castleberry. With essays by May Castleberry, Georgia de Havenon, Kathleen Stewart Howe, Edward Ranney, and Martha A. Sandweiss.
University Of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2003. 280 pp., 78 duotones, 9½x8¾".
Every other season (or so it seems) a great title that
slips past me and heads out into the world unannounced
through our pages. The New World's Old World, published
by the University of New Mexico Press, appears on
that short list and cries to be duly noted. The book surveys
photographers who have imaged the ancient,
archaeological sites of the New World; the largest concentration
of such sites is found in the American
Southwest, Mexico, Central America, and the Andean
Region of South America. The list of contributors is thorough,
beginning with a slew of adventurers in the 19th
century and continuing up through Ed Ranney and Linda
Connor in modern times. Ranney (photo at right) is of
particular interest, having photographed sites in the
Andean area for nearly 40 years. His contribution
includes an essay entitled "Images of a Sacred
Geography," in which he notes "the tendency among
some contemporary photographers to work at ancient
sites for their expressive potential rather than their
inherent cultural associations."
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