The PhotoBook

November 27, 2008

Robert Hansen – Yucatan Passages

Filed under: Book Reviews, Photo Books — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:21 am

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Yucatan Passages, copyright Robert Hansen, 2004

You have the opportunity to follow along with Robert Hansen as he travels, photographs and especially experiences Southern Mexico in his large hardbound book Yucatan Passages, published by the Laguna Wilderness Press in 2004.

Hansen’s black and white photographs are beautifully conceived and executed. The expected content of the ancient Mayan landscape is well seen, but balanced with the contemporary rural landscape and the society at large. The book does not try to become a documentary of the Mayan culture, but more of one man’s written and photographicexperience while journeying through there.

I am taken more by ethereal photographs, those of the people and the landscape shrouded in the fog, a wonderful metaphor about this culture. These photographs provide a glimpse of an ancient culture that exists, almost tangible, but we can only guess as to fully understand their existence. These are the images that seem to tap into their cloak of mystery, and enable us with some tools that might allow a connection.

The beautiful crafted book is now available in both a trade and limited edition from the Center Gallery.

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Best regards, Douglas Stockdale

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