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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; First edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865216927
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865216922
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Tuohy on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The photos are excellent, but I would like to know more: from what era, what part(s) of Peru, and in each case how did the photographer come to be there, interact with the subjects, etc.

From my own experiences in Peru - starting in 1961 (perhaps the era of Frank's photos) - I suspect that he was in the South, on the altiplano (high plain up to 14,000 ft elevation). Also, the pack animals - llamas - were not then found farther north. The indigenous people used to be camera shy, especially with outsiders/strangers. How did Frank get access? And who was the man wearing a necktie? In local parlance, probably a "cholo" (partly acculterated to modern, hispanic culture) and as I recall the only such person among Frank's photo collection.

One reviewer calls these photos timeless, saying that life patterns there have changed little. I disagree. Even by the early 1970s indigenous people had begun to wear factory made clothing (especially the men), more motor vehicles were present, etc.
Another change is much greater emigration, especially to the USA; many more poor Peruvians know or at least know of someone who has emigrated.

A notable book of photos is: CORDILLERA BLANCA - PERU (1950, by Tiroler Graphik in Innsbruk, Austria). Its photos were taken in the north central Andes, and show the high mountains plus neighboring valleys. This book includes adequate text (German, English, and Spanish).

Another notable photo book, in the same vein as Frank's, is by Nubar Alexanian, Stones in the Road: Photographs of Peru. It is outstanding and worth considering as perhaps your only photo book of Peru, though more expensive than Frank's book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dojoklo on December 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful photos of (mostly) campesinos and landscapes of Andean Peru. While the subjects are often the indigenous people, the visual approach and sparseness of the images also strongly captures a sense of the land and the environment where they lived and worked. There is a true connection to the place for the viewer.

What is also astonishing is the relative timelessness of these photos, in that the style of dress and the places remain largely unchanged in some rural areas of Peru. One could perhaps capture similar images today - all they need is the talent, sensibilities, and eye of Robert Frank!

An inspiring must-view for any photographer traveling to Peru.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2014
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Save your money. It's not worth it. The quality of the photographs are poor. There is also no writing to explain the shots.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Rosen on August 16, 2009
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Robert Frank is a master of black and white photography and in capturing a certain feel and place of something familiar yet somehow elevated. This is a slim volume of work that has not been printed in its complete form so this is a rare treat for Robert Frank collectors. beautifully printed and this probably won't stay in print so best to buy a copy before it goes out of print.
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