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NEPAL: 1975 - 2011
by Kevin Bubriski

Preface by Robert Gardner

Essay by Charles Ramble, Director of Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and President of the International Association for Tibetan Studies

"Rather than focus on just one theme — traditional life, say, or the changing face of Nepal — [Bubriski] has aimed to 'document what is, what presents itself.' Today he is worried about the remote villages, the rural areas, the landslides triggered by the quake. ... 'The loss,' he says, 'is far beyond belief or comprehension.'"

—Rena Silverman, "Nepal, Before the Earthquake Struck: A Photographer's Portfolio," NPR.

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"The photographs are a work of love, of a relationship that began decades ago and continues today."
—Donatella Lorch, "A Timeless Portrait of Nepal" Lens (blog), The New York Times 

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"As evidenced by his recent publication...Nepal 1975–2011, an adept and insightful eye will always reveal thought-provoking ways to engage another world."
—Bret Chenkin, Art New England

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Photographer Kevin Bubriski has been visually documenting the country and people of Nepal since his first visit in 1975. Sent as a young Peace Corps volunteer to the northwest Karnali Zone, the country’s remotest and most economically depressed region, he spent three years walking the length and breadth of the Karnali, planning and overseeing construction of gravity flow drinking water pipelines. He also photographed the local villagers, producing an extraordinary series of 35mm and large format black-and-white images.

For nearly four decades, Bubriski has maintained his close association with Nepal and its people. Both visual anthropology and cultural history, this remarkable body of photographic work documents Nepal’s evolution from a traditional Himalayan kingdom to a rapidly changing, globalized society. Nepal: 1975–2011 also offers an incisive and comprehensive look at the aesthetic evolution of an important contemporary photographer.

Kevin Bubriski is Assistant Professor of Photography at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, and was the 2010 recipient of the Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.

Nepal: 1975–2011 is co-published with Radius Books of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Clothbound 12 x 11 inches
304 pages, 200 duotone illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-934435-72-4
Trade Edition: $65.00

The exhibition “Shadows of Shangri La: Nepal in Photographs,” ran from May 22, 2014, to September 30, 2014, at the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS), Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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Edited by Francesco Pellizzi

RES 63/64 includes:
“Source and trace” by Christopher S. Wood

“Climatic variability and pictorial oscillation“ by Whitney Davis

“Timelessness, fluidity, and Apollo’s libation“ by Milette Gaifman

“A liquid history: Blood and animation in late medieval art” by Beate Fricke

“Drawing blood” by Anne Dunlop

“Guercino’s ‘wet’ drawing” by Nicola Suthor

“Volcano equals head equals kiln equals phallus: Connecting Gauguin’s metaphors of the creative act” by Dario Gamboni

“On sources: Mythical and historical thinking in fin-de-siècle Vienna” by Mario Wimmer

“A Neolithic childhood: Children’s drawings as prehistoric sources” by Barbara Wittmann

“The form of the indistinct: Picasso and the rise of ‘Generic Creativity’” by Gabriele Guercio

“Trace and source in Walter Benjamin’s thought: About a polarity” by Chiara Cappelletto

“Modern architecture and prehistory: Retracing The Eternal Present (Sigfried Giedion and André Leroi-Gourhan)” by Spyros Papapetros

“The readymade metabolized: Fluxus in life” by David Joselit

“Catastrophes and their images: Event and pictorial act” by Jörg Trempler

“Picabia’s quasi-name” by Aurélie Verdier

Contributions to Lectures, Documents, and Discussions by Frank Fehrenbach; Alexander Nemerov; Remo Guidieri; Félix Duque; Marvin Trachtenberg; Alexander Nagel; Robert Smithson (with Irving Sandler and Alexander Nagel); Anna Begicheva (with Natasha Kurchanova); Francesco Pellizzi; and D. Graham Burnett, Jac Mullen, and Sal Randolph.

Winter 2013
Paper $60
360 pages, 168 black & white illustrations 

RES 63/64 Cover

The Pictographic "Autobiography of Half Moon"

by Castle McLaughlin

Foreword by Chief Joseph Brings Plenty, Cheyenne River Sioux

"McLaughlin’s latest publication brings readers into the world of the real Crazy Horse. … As McLaughlin explains, these [ledger] drawings are as rich and informative as any Euro‐American literary text, although they speak in the language of images rather than letters, and shape reality within parameters set by a very different cultural framework. It’s a remarkable lesson in the importance of examining something very closely, of learning to look at images in new ways."

—Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, The Conversation

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"...completely engrossing."
—David Wilk, WritersCast: The Voice of Writing

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Candace Greene

The composite nineteenth-century document known as "The Pictorial Autobiography of Half Moon, an Uncpapa Sioux Chief" has at its core seventy-seven drawings made by Lakota warriors of the northern Plains. Found in a funerary tipi on the Little Bighorn battlefield after Custer's defeat in 1876, the drawings are from a captured ledger book that was later acquired by Chicago journalist James "Phocion" Howard. Howard added an illustrated introduction and leather binding and presented the document as the autobiographical work of a "chief" named Half Moon.

Anthropologist Castle McLaughlin probes the complex life history and cultural significance of the ledger and demonstrates that the dramatic drawings, mostly of war exploits, were created by at least six different warrior-artists. Examining how allied Lakota and Cheyenne warriors understood their graphic records of warfare as objects as well as images, McLaughlin introduces the concept of "war books"—documents that were captured and modified by Native warriors in order to appropriate the power of Euroamerican literacy. Together, the vivid first-person depictions in the ledger—now in the collection of Harvard's Houghton Library—make up a rare Native American record of historic events that likely occurred between 1866 and 1868 during Red Cloud's War along the Bozeman Trail.

A complete color facsimile of the Houghton ledger is reproduced in this ground-breaking volume.

"McLaughlin's brilliant contribution to the history, material culture, and art of the Plains provides a transformative understanding of Plains Indian ledger art."
--Candace Greene, Smithsonian Institution

Castle McLaughlin is Peabody Museum Curator of North American Ethnology.

Houghton Library Studies 4
$50.00 • £37.95 • €45.00
ISBN 9780981885865
368 pages
7 x 10 inches
200 color illustrations, 10 halftones, 2 maps

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A Lakota War Book


Foreword by Robert Gardner

Essay by Bob Connolly

"Best Books 2013...The attraction of Dupont's books is that his photographs exhibit enormous passion and enthusiasm and are an effort to unlock the nature of the relationship between photographer and subject."
THE Magazine

This publication records acclaimed Australian photographer Stephen Dupont’s journey through some of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) most important cultural and historical zones: the Highlands, Sepik, Bougainville, and the capital city of Port Moresby. Through images and personal diaries, Dupont’s remarkable body of work captures the human spirit of the people of PNG in their transition from tribalism to globalization. The project was conducted in 2011 with the support of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography given by Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Piksa Niugini consists of two hardcover books inside a special slipcase. The first volume is a collection of portraits in luscious duotone and 4-color reproduction; the second is a vibrant collection of the diaries, drawings, contact sheets, and documentary photographs that chronicle Dupont’s experience and working process and richly contextualize the more formal images in volume one. An exhibition of Dupont's New Guinea photographs is on display at the Peabody through September 2, 2013.

Dupont’s photographs have received international acclaim for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into peoples, cultures, and communities that are under threat or in the process of rapid change. The photographer’s many awards include a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation from the Overseas Press Club of America, a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize, and first places in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award. In 2007 Dupont was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Aperture, Newsweek, GQ, French and German GEO, Le Figaro, Liberation, The Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Stern, Time, and Vanity Fair.

Piksa Niugini: Portraits and Diaries is co-published with Radius Books of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2 volumes, hardbound in slipcase. 8.5 x 11 inches.
Volume 1, Portraits: 144 pages, 80 duotone, 6 color images.
Volume 2, Diaries: 216 pages, 146 color images.
Trade edition $60.00


A limited number of signed advance copies of the book are currently available from the Peabody Museum Press. To purchase, please visit the front desk of the Peabody or call 617-384-9010.

Stephen Dupont Piksa Niugini

A Biographical History, 1790–1940

By David L. Browman and Stephen Williams

"Overall, Anthropology at Harvard provides a comprehensive view of the East Coast development of the discipine and handles a prodigious amount of data remarkably well."
—Donald McVicker, Isis
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"Anthropology at Harvard will serve as an important, though limited, work of reference for historians of archaeology and anthropology."
—Vincent Crapanzano, "Natives," The Times Literary Supplement
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"A monumental achievement"--American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Anthropology at Harvard recounts the rich and complex history of anthropology at America’s oldest university, beginning with the earliest precursors of the discipline within the study of natural history. The story unfolds through fascinating vignettes about the many individuals—famous and obscure alike—who helped shape the discipline at Harvard College and the Peabody Museum. Lively anecdotes provide in-depth portraits of dozens of key individuals, including Louis and Alexander Agassiz, Frederic Ward Putnam, Mary Hemenway, Alice Cunningham Fletcher, Sylvanus Morley, A. V. Kidder, and Antonio Apache. The text also throws new light on longstanding puzzles and debates, such as Franz Boas’s censure by the American Anthropological Association and the involvement of Harvard archaeologists in espionage work for the U.S. government during World War I.

The authors take a “cohort” perspective, looking beyond the big names to the larger network of colleagues that formed the dynamic backdrop to the development of ideas. The significant contributions of amateurs and private funders to the early growth of the field are highlighted, as is the active participation of women and of students and scholars of diverse ethnic backgrounds. A monumental achievement, Anthropology at Harvard makes an important contribution to the history of Americanist anthropology.

Peabody Museum Monographs 11
$65.00 • £48.95 • €58.50
ISBN 978087365913
602 pages
7 x 10 inches
50 black and white illustrations

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Anthropology at Harvard

The Chauncey C. Nash Collection of Inuit Art

by Maija M. Lutz

In the late 1950s, Chauncey C. Nash started collecting Inuit carvings just as the art of printmaking was being introduced in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), an Inuit community on Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Nash donated some 300 prints and sculptures to Harvard’s Peabody Museum—one of the oldest collections of early modern Inuit art. The Peabody collection includes not only early Inuit sculpture but also many of the earliest prints on paper made by the women and men who helped propel Inuit art onto the world stage.

Author Maija M. Lutz draws from ethnology, archaeology, art history, and cultural studies to tell the story of a little-known collection that represents one of the most vibrant and experimental periods in the development of contemporary Inuit art. Lavishly illustrated, Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors presents numerous never-before-published gems, including carvings by the artists John Kavik, Johnniebo Ashevak, and Peter Qumalu POV Assappa. This latest contribution to the award-winning Peabody Museum Collections Series fills an important gap in the literature of Native American art.

Peabody Museum Collections Series
$21.95 • £16.95 • €19.80
ISBN 9780873654074
8 x 8-1/2 inches
72 color illustrations, 15 halftones

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Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors

Ancient Maya Artistry in Stucco and Stone
Barbara W. Fash

Spanish edition also available
Arte Maya Antiguo en Estuco y Piedra
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"An excellent book that tells us two inspiring stories. One is how a handful of dedicated experts helped to conceive, design, and build a new museum in rural Honduras while providing a model of how to partner intelligently and respectfully with a community that benefits not only from the presence of a world-class museum, but also deepens its own connection with its ancient cultural heritage. The second story is of the spectacular stone sculpture of the Mayan site of Copan…Barbara Fash…gives us a thorough introduction to ancient Mayan culture, while offering a wealth of archaeological detail, much of it fascinating."
—Museum Magazine
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"The Maya site of Copan has long been known for its spectacular stone sculpture. Barbara Fash’s new book places these powerful works of art within a fascinating broader cultural context, drawing upon recent advances in archaeological and epigraphic research. Generously illustrated, the volume is accessible to the nonspecialist and indispensable to anyone interested in the art of the ancient Americas."
—Joanne Pillsbury, Director of Pre-Columbian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks

"Abundant historical, archaeological, and exhibition photographs handsomely illustrate this book and are essential to the text…The book provides a requisite starting point for anyone interested in gaining familiarity with Copan’s vast imagery and an essential foundation for any further, serious academic study on the topic." 
—Eulogio Guzmán

Opened in 1996, the Copan Sculpture Museum was initiated as an international collaboration to preserve Copan’s original stone monuments. Its exhibits represent the best-known examples of building façades and sculptural achievements from the ancient kingdom of Copan. The creation of this on-site museum involved people from all walks of life: archaeologists, artists, architects, and local craftspeople. Today it fosters cultural understanding and promotes Hondurans’ identity with the past. In The Copan Sculpture Museum, Barbara Fash—one of the principal creators of the museum—tells the inside story of conceiving, designing, and building a local museum with global significance. Along with numerous illustrations and detailed archaeological context for each exhibit in the museum, the book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and culture of the ancient Maya and a model for working with local communities to preserve cultural heritage.

Errata Copan Sculpture Museum PDF
Errata Il Museo Escultura Copan PDF

English edition: 2011
Spanish edition: 2012
Co-published with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Paper $35.00
216 pages / 198 color illustrations, 34 line illustrations, 35 halftones, and 2 maps

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Copan Sculpture Museum jacket

RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics
59/60: Spring/Summer 2011

Edited by Francesco Pellizzi

RES 59/60 includes: 
“The making of architectural types” by Joseph Rykwert

“Traces of the sun and Inka kinetics” by Tom Cummins and Bruce Mannheim 

“Inka water management and display fountains” by Carolyn Dean 

“Guaman Poma’s pictures of huacas” by Lisa Trever

“Peruvian nature up close” by Daniela Bleichmar

“Narrative in the ‘Battle Mural’ at Cacaxtla” by Claudia Brittenham 

“Codex Teotenantzin and pre-Hispanic images of the Sierra de Guadalupe” by Leonardo Lopez Lujàn and Xavier Noguez 

“Under the sign of the cross in the kingdom of Kong,” by Cécile Fromont

 “Hunters, Sufis, soldiers, and minstrels” by Cynthia Becker 

“The painting of a statue of Herakles” by Clemente Marconi

“Eucharistic morphology in the Middle Ages” by Aden Kumler

“The history of anthropophagy in Christianity” by Beate Fricke

“The votive scenario” by Christopher Wood

“Notes on pseudo-script in pre-European art” by Alexander Nagel

“Dürer’s Folds” by Christopher P. Heuer

“To conceive of in pictures” by Anselm Haverkamp

“Primitivism, humanism, and ambivalence” by Karen Kurczynski and Nicola Pezolet

“Struth's early citiscapes” by Paula Carabel

Contributions to Lectures, Documents, and Discussions by Tanja Klemm, Esther Schomacher and Jan Söffner; Chiara Cappelletto; Boris Groys; David Gersten; Remo Guidieri; and Morton Feldman and Francesco Pellizzi.

Paper $60.00

 59/60 cover photo

Dayanita Singh
Text by Aveek Sen

"These pictures are like stills for a silent movie for which you write the title cards. The more you look at them the more you see. No, that’s not quite right, actually. The more you look at them, the more you imagine."
—Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
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 House of Love is a work of photo fiction by Dayanita Singh. Working closely with writer Aveek Sen, whose prose follows a journey of its own, Singh explores the relationship between photography, memory, and writing. House of Love, designed to blur the lines between an art book of photographic images and a work of literary fiction, is a book whose images demand to be read, not just seen, and whose texts create their own sensory worlds. The combination creates a new vocabulary for the visual book.

The “House of Love” itself is the Taj Mahal, but the Taj Mahal as a recurring motif that stands for a range of meanings—meanings made up of the truths and lies of night and day, love and illusion, attachment and detachment. Through images of cities both visible and invisible, people real and surreal, Singh creates her own mysterious and ineffable, strange yet familiar language, using her trademark black-and-white photography and her newer nocturnal color work.

Spring 2011
Cloth $45.00
198 pages, 63 color and 48 black & white illustrations
Co-published with Radius Books

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House of Love cover photo

Media and Messages
Jeffrey Quilter

"A new volume in the award-winning Peabody Museum Collection Series presents a refreshing analysis of Moche works from the magnificent collection at Harvard's Peabody Museum. In the richly illustrated [book] archaeologist Jeffrey Quilter gives readers a thorough introduction to this fascinating culture and explores current thinking about Moche politics, history, society, religion, and art." 

Peru’s ancient Moche culture is represented in a magnificent collection of artifacts at Harvard’s Peabody Museum. In this richly illustrated volume, Jeffrey Quilter presents a fascinating introduction to this intriguing culture and explores current thinking about Moche politics, history, society, and religion.

Quilter utilizes the Peabody’s collection as a means to investigate how the Moche used various media, particularly ceramics, to convey messages about their lives and beliefs. His presentation provides a critical examination and rethinking of many of the commonly held interpretations of Moche artifacts and their imagery, raising important issues of art production and its role in ancient and modern societies.

The most up-to-date monograph available on the Moche—and the first extensive discussion of the Peabody Museum’s collection of Moche ceramics—this volume provides an introduction for the general reader and contributes to ongoing scholarly discussions. Quilter’s fresh reading of Moche visual imagery raises new questions about the art and culture of ancient Peru.

Winter 2011
Peabody Museum Collections Series
Paper $21.95
172 pages / 70 color illustrations; 15 halftones

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Robert Gardner
Edited by Charles Warren
Essay by Caleb Gardner

"A book of marvelous adventures with a camera and a series of meditations on diverse ways of life and making art by a wise and compassionate man."
—Charles Simic

This book presents selected writings by acclaimed filmmaker Robert Gardner. There are journals written during filmmaking expeditions, observing and reacting to diverse ways of life. There are accounts of film projects envisioned and planned but not completed. There are essays on ways of life in premodern cultures that Gardner has observed firsthand. Also included are his voiceover narrations from the films "Dead Birds" "Rivers of Sand," which come to life in a new way on the page. In an interview, letters, and articles, Gardner addresses the subject of filmmaking and reflects on film's relation to anthropology and, more broadly, to the human project to understand reality.

Fall 2010
Paper $22.00

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Just Representations  

Award-Winning Books

The Pictographic "Autobiography of Half Moon"
Castle McLaughlin
First Edition: 2013

Winner, 57th New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2014

Joint First Place, New England Museum Association, Books, Museum Budget over $500K category, 2014

Portraits and Diaries
Stephen Dupont
First Edition: 2013

Winner, 57th New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2014

Joint First Place, New England Museum Association, Books, Museum Budget over $500K category, 2014

Dayanita Singh
Text by Aveek Sen
First Edition: 2011

Finalist, 55rd New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2011

Media and Messages
Jeffrey Quilter
First Edition: 2011

Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Benjamin Franklin Award, Multicultural category, 2011

A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus
Samina Quraeshi
Essays by Ali Asani, Carl W. Ernst, and Kamil Khan Mumtaz
First Edition: 2010

Winner, 53rd New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2010

Bronze Medal, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Religion category, 2009

Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Multicultural Non-Fiction category, 2010

Eight Photographers
Conceived by Robert Gardener
Edited by Charles Warren
First Edition: 2009

Finalist, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Photography category, 2009

Winner, 53rd New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2010

Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Art/Music/Photography category, 2010

First Place, New England Museum Association, Books over $10 category, 2010

Finalist, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Benjamin Franklin Award, Arts category, 2010

The Story of an Archaeological Expedition in Northern Arizona 1935–1939
Hester A. Davis

Winner, 52nd New England Book Show, General Trade Cover category, 2009

Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Regional Book Gold Award, 2009

Tlingit Carved Horn Spoons
Anne-Marie Victor-Howe

Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Multicultural Non-Fiction category, 2008

New Guinea Photographs, 1961
Kevin Bubriski

Bronze Medal, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Photography category, 2007

Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Benjamin Franklin Award, Interior Design 1-2 Color category, 2008

Chronicle of a Film
Robert Gardner

Honorable Mention, New England Museum Association, Books over $10 category, 2008

Mimbres Pottery of the American Southwest
Steven A. LeBlanc

2006 New England Museum Association, First Place, Design