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The Impulse to Preserve: Reflections of a Filmmaker

Gardner, Robert

Verlag: Peabody Museum Press, 2008
ISBN 10: 1590512367 / ISBN 13: 9781590512364
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Verlag: Peabody Museum Press

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Inhaltsangabe: The life and work of an internationally acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker in words and images.

Despite Primo Levi's dire warning about the "inadequacy of documentary evidence", Robert Gardner's work shows that capturing the light reflected from actuality has its revelatory moments. Including nearly 500 photographs, The Impulse to Preserve contains the thoughts and images of a lifetime spent probing human experience in the world's most remote corners. In each undertaking, an issue or condition common to humanity is intently observed. In Neolithic West Papua in 1961, it is ritual warfare and revenge; in Nigeria 1965, ritual pain; in Ethiopia in the late sixties, male supremacy; in Niger 1978, envy; and in Benares, India, 1985, mortality and its expression in worship. Includes 466 color and black & white photographs and other images throughout.

Über den Autor: Robert Gardner was trained to be an anthropologist but chose to enter the realm of nonfiction filmmaking. Hailed for such classics as Dead Birds, Rivers of Sand, and Forest of Bliss, he was for a decade the Director of Harvard's Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, having established its film program in the early sixties. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Gardner is the recipient of the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Visual Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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