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Exposing the Maya Katia Sainson

Exposing the Maya By Katia Sainson

Exposing the Maya by Katia Sainson

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A compelling account of the early period of expeditionary archaeology and photography told through the words and works of six pioneers.

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Exposing the Maya: Early Archaeological Photography in the Americas by Katia Sainson

Exposing the Maya focuses on the works of 19th-century photographers Desire Charnay, Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon, Teobert Maler, Alfred Maudslay and Adela Breton, all of whom were masters of their craft and travelled extensively to sites in Mexico and Central America. The over 100 selected images in this volume, together with nearly 40 additional contextual images featuring sketches from travel journals, hand-coloured drawings, prints, and maps, are combined with the photographers' own words found in their published writings, journals and letters to provide insight into their methods, context for their images, and capture the realities of field work in Mesoamerica. Accessible and highly illustrated, Exposing the Maya features rare and important early photographs of the archaeological ruins and remains of the great Mayan and Aztec civilizations of Mesoamerica, from an age that witnessed the evolution of photographic techniques and brought to life the long-faded murals and decoration of these ruins. This is an absorbing story of incredible journeys, the challenging conditions under which these pioneering photographers produced their images, and how they perceived the remnants of these ancient indigenous cultures in modern-day Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.

About Katia Sainson

John W. Hessler is the curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas at the Library of Congress and a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Collecting for a New World: Treasures of the Early Americas and many other books. Katia Sainson is a professor of French in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Towson University. She is the author and translator of The Manuscript Hunter: Brasseur de Bourbourg's Travels Through Central America and Mexico, 1854-1859.

Table of Contents

Foreword/Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Photographers: 1.Desire Charnay; 2. Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon; 3. Teobert Maler; 4. Alfred Maudslay; 5. Adela Breton; Selected Bibliography; Photo and other credits

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Exposing the Maya: Early Archaeological Photography in the Americas by Katia Sainson
D Giles Ltd
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