Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs

Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs

by Jonathan B. Wittenberg
     
 

In 1950, Jonathan Wittenberg, student of biochemistry and biophysics, went to live among the Navajo, or Dine, in New Mexico. With a bulky twin-lens reflex camera, Wittenberg was recording a people and their lives from a time that is essentially unrecorded. Navajo Nation 1950 is an incredible historical document that is not only a unique entree to a time and place,

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In 1950, Jonathan Wittenberg, student of biochemistry and biophysics, went to live among the Navajo, or Dine, in New Mexico. With a bulky twin-lens reflex camera, Wittenberg was recording a people and their lives from a time that is essentially unrecorded. Navajo Nation 1950 is an incredible historical document that is not only a unique entree to a time and place, but a surprisingly fine art foray by an untrained photographic eye.

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2/20/15 Jocks & Nerds Magazine
Between 1950-1953 Jonathan Wittenberg travelled throughout the Dinétah region of the Native American Navajo tribe, a region that encompasses the intersection of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. With his twin-lens reflex camera, Wittenberg captured the Navajos, and was the only non-native to be able to access them between the years of 1950-1953 – a feat he achieved by gifting the tribe with quartz crystals, abalone shells, and two bags of oranges, on his first visit. The photos he brought back are a rare insight into the Navajos, examining their culture and traditional practices.
PMc Magazine, Spring 2015 - Jonathan B. Wittenberg
The photographs presented in Navajo Nation 1950 celebrate the drama and splendor of the traditional Navajo people and of the dramatic desert on which they endure.
Apogee Photo Magazine - Noella Ballenger
This is a book that captures and preserves the traditional life and culture of the Navajo Indians. Between 1950 and 1953, the author traveled throughout the Arizona-New Mexico region known as the Navajo Reservation. The land is harsh and yet stunningly beautiful. The people, as seen through the lens of his camera, hold the beauty and the hardship of the land in their faces. It is unusual and very rare even today that an outsider is allowed to view many of their traditional rituals. They are a private people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977753192
Publisher:
Glitterati, Inc.
Publication date:
10/25/2006
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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