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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Tixcacalcupul Press, Santa Barbara and Puerto Natales; Bilingual edition (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938531026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938531029
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 12.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Macduff Everton is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazines. His many editorial clients include Condé Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Life, LA Times Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Outside, Smithsonian, and Town & Country. His work is in the collections of many public and private institutions, including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; British Museum, London; International Center of Photography and Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; and Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

Mary Heebner is a painter and book artist whose work is included in collections at the J. P. Getty Research Center, New York Public Library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University of California, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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Macduff Everton gives a sense of place, whether portraits of individuals or of a landscape. At 17 he took off with his surfboard to Europe, and ended up hitchhiking around the world. He literally picked up a camera when an American took his off, exclaiming that he didn't want to look like a tourist any longer. When he reached Japan he sold his first stories, one on Burma, the other on Southeast Asia. Returning to the United States at 19, he was hired by an educational film company to travel to Latin America to create college-level archaeological and anthropological filmstrips. When the company ran out of money, he returned to Yucatán and began documenting the living Maya, a culture in transition. In order to support his project he took a number of seasonal jobs that included wrangler, muleskinner, and white water river guide. Rural living honed his skills of observation and appreciation of light and weather. He would spend six months in the backcountry, then return to Yucatán, and later, the University of California where he earned an MFA.
In 2012 the University of Texas Press published The Modern Maya Incidents of Travel and Friendship in Yucatán. There aren't many documentary photography projects that span more than forty years, especially working with the same families. The book is their stories. While most history chronicles the famous, this book is about the lives of ordinary people who are the soul of their culture. History only exists if someone documents it.
He is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, and his many editorial clients include Condé Nast Traveler, Gourmet, House & Garden, Life, National Geographic Traveler, LA Times Magazine, NY Times Magazine, Outside, Smithsonian, and Town & Country. An early champion of his work, Andy Grudberg wrote, "Macduff Everton updates travel photography in the same way that Ansel Adams updated 19th century photography of the West. He captures strange and eloquent moments in which time, and the world, seem to stand still."
His work is in the collections of many public and private institutions, including the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Brooklyn Museum, New York; British Museum, London; International Center of Photography, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and New York Public Library, New York. Everton exhibits his photos nationally and internationally. He is represented by Janet Borden, Inc., (www.janetbordeninc.com) 560 Broadway, NYC (212.431.0166) and by Kathleen Ewing Gallery (www.kathleenewinggallery.com) in Washington D.C.
He has collaborated on several archaeological books including, The Code of Kings The Language of Seven Sacred Temples & Tombs with archaeologists/epigraphers Linda Schele, Peter Matthews and Justin Kerr. Macduff often teams up with his wife, Mary Heebner, an abstract painter and writer. Their two very different visions of a place often inform each other's work. They collaborated on the classic The Western Horizon (Abrams, 2000) and Patagonia, La Última Esperanza (distributed by University of Texas Press).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the deliberate tourist on March 6, 2012
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For those of us who may never get to see the breathtaking landscapes of Chile's Last Hope Province, Macduff Everton's photos at least bring us close. His images of world-famous landmarks like the peaks of Torres del Paine National Park and Bernardo O'Higgins National Park are fresh and exhilarating. But there are also stunning fjords, and less-known windswept valleys, as well as the old town of Puerto Natales, and cutting edge eco-architecture. Equally intriguing are the photographs of life on the remote estancias - clearly the work of someone who traveled the region many times, returning again and again to probe its beauty. In fine counterpoint to the photographs are the paintings and sketches by artist Mary Heebner, who also has written a text (in English and Spanish translation) that evokes the history and atmosphere of Patagonia with sensitivity and grace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans Mast on July 5, 2013
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I was in Patagonia for four days and I stayed at the Remota Hotel. They had this photobook and our guide has guided this photographer all over Patagonia and told us stories about various shoots and gear the photographer used. This photobook blew away several other Patagonia photobooks I had purchased before going (I enjoy photography, so wanted some photo inspiration prior to going) and I ordered it right on the spot in Patagonia. Do so yourself. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phoebe Brunner on September 9, 2012
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As a visual artist, I was swept away by the stunning photos of MacDuff Everton's in this gorgeous book, Patagonia- La Ultima Esperanza. The sense of fresh air and atmosphere is extraordinary in these sweeping vistas, which allow the viewer to experience the power of this remote and exotic place. The beautiful textural artwork by his artist wife, Mary Heebner, adds yet another fascinating dimension to the insightful exploration of this area.
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This book does quite a good job of introducing the province of Última Esperanza, in Chile's XII Región. A quick reading will reveal that it was not done by natives of the region, but by relative newcomers, and it has the fingerprints and photo content of a appointed outsider governor (Max Salas) all over it. That is good and bad. An outsider sometimes does not take details of a region for granted, and may observe and point out things that natives take as too common to mention.

I would contrast this book with the now out-of-print gold standard photo book on southern Patagonia -- "Nowhere Is a Place: Travels in Patagonia" by Chatwin and Theroux, with Jeff Gnass' photographs. "Nowhere" is clearly the work of outside-outsiders, whose status as short-term visiting foreigners prevented them from showing the sort of gritty details of the life of people in Última Esperanza -- details which most Sierra-Clubbers probably don't want to see, anyway. Yet Gnass' photos are clearly far superior to those of the Heebner/Salas/Everton "Ultima Esperanza" book, and the quality of the "Nowhere" book printing is also much greater. For that reason I can only rate the final result of the printed Everton images not as "excellent" but only as "good" even though their content may sometimes be more meaningful than the images in "Nowhere." The preferred solution: get yourself a copy of both books.
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