From Library Journal
These two books, both large and lavish, depict social and cultural life in the various parts of the world through striking color photographs. Eye of the Beholder presents 120 examples of the best work of James L. Stanfield, a staff photographer for National Geographic for 30 years. Stanfield's assignments carried him to many distant locations, and his subjects ranged from the exotic to the familiar. One can dip into this book anywhere and be transported to a different place on any one of the continents, with the exception of Antarctica. Stanfield captures everyday moments of common people as well as grand historical events, such as the coronation of the Shah of Iran and his son. In capturing this sweep, the photographs are engrossing. Thematically, the collection is held together by an interesting biographical essay. An excellent book and a fine tribute to the photographer. In Vanishing Cultures, Magubane documents the customs and traditional beliefs of ten indigenous peoples in his homeland of South Africa. A separate chapter is devoted to each of the peoples, including the Sulus and less well known cultures. Blending a thoughtful description of rituals, religion, artistry, and other aspects of social life, along with an exquisite photoessay, Magubane offers a wonderful introduction to these people. His photographs range from the dramatic action of dances to the quiet dignity of individuals posing in their traditional dress. An excellent example of the best in photojournalism, this deserves a place in public and academic libraries. Stanfield is also recommended for larger public and academic collections of photojournalism.?Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
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