I like to take pictures where people do their regular activities - in homes, workplaces
and temples. It's best when people know me and know that I am there to take pictures,
or when a person they know vouches for me or blesses my project. In these settings
people usually get bored with me after an hour or two, and go back to their own activities.
Public places, where people who are involved in their own activities usually ignore
me, are also good.
I am a documentary photographer with a point of view. I prefer ordinary things -
things that are not officially important. While recording the everyday world I often
look for the exotic in ordinary situations and for the ordinary in what many people
see as exotic. I hope you will find this in some of my photos and enjoy it.
My passion for photography began as a teenager in the late 1940s. In the intervening
years my work as a sociocultural anthropology professor has often taken over for
months, sometimes years, at a time. I've done five big projects, and several smaller
ones. The Orange County Housecleaners, the Zinacantan (Another Place) and the Lacedonia
pictures here are from big projects, the Volleyball/Dance and the While Waiting
pictures are from smaller ones. As the Favorite Photos here show, in recent years
I've added some abstract photos and some landscapes of built places to the mix.
Selected One-person Exhibitions
While Waiting (30 photos) and Orange County Housecleaners (10 photos)
Irvine Fine Arts Center 2007
Orange County Housecleaners (15 Photos)
La Casa del Libro, San Francisco 2006
Another Place: Photographs of a Maya Community (81 photos)
Dartmouth College 1984
Stanford University Student Union Gallery 1974
Southern Italian Hill Town (about 60 photos)
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art 1958
Wesleyan University Art Gallery 1958
2006 Orange County Housecleaners (photos and first-person life histories).
Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.
1981 Zinacantan, Mexico. Pp. 80-85 (photos and text) in Exploring Society
Photographically, Howard Becker, ed. Evanston: Mary and Leigh Block Gallery,
Northwestern University (distributed by the University of Chicago Press).
1974 Another Place: Photographs of a Maya Community. San Francisco,
The Scrimshaw Press. (Photos of Zinacantan, Chiapas, Mexico)
1958 Lacedonia, A Photographic Essay. Cover and pp 6-12.The Rhode
Islander, Providence Sunday Journal, 4/27/58. (Photos of Lacedonia,
Virtually every year since the late 1960s: A few to dozens of photos of Zinacantan
published in works (books, monographs, and articles) by others.