John Cohen – Past Present Peru
284 pages, 28.5 x 30 cm , 4620 g.
John Cohen – Past Present Peru
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John Cohen (*1932) is a photographer, musician and filmmaker who has cultivated a fifty-year long fascination with the people, cultures and landscape of Peru.

Cohen took his first photographs in Peru in 1956 and has returned many times adding musical and film recordings to his still images. Cohen’s photographs, stored for years in boxes in a barn near his home, and the music, today archived at the Smithsonian Institute, have not been published in their entirety until now.

"Past Present Peru" combines photographs, textiles, music and film in an ambitious book project. The photographs depict the diversity of Peruvian life including religious festivals, potato farming, and the recent introduction of hydroelectricity. The textiles, reproduced in luscious colour, embody pre-Columbian craft traditions more than 5,000 years old. Three CDs of Cohen's recordings of Peruvian music with an accompanying booklet, as well as five DVDs of his award-winning films complete this publication.

The unifying thread between the different media of Past Present Peru is Cohen’s own writing – anecdotal, precise, historically informed – words that capture the past and present of Peru, and anticipate its future.
CoverHardcover in slipcase
NoteWith 3 CDs and 5 DVDs
Illustrationswith num. ills
ContributorsJohn Cohen
Article IDart-09122


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