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The Magic in the Trees
By Shepard Barbash,Photographs by Vicki Ragan
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Increasingly prized by collectors worldwide, Oaxacan woodcarvings are among the most popular form of folk art available today. These fanciful, brightly colored figures created by rural Mexican woodcarvers reflect the myths and traditions still very much a part of the carvers' daily lives. A spectacular gallery of over 160 full-color photographs beautifully portrays these artisans and their work, while an informative text examines the intricacies of the carvers' craft. The only volume devoted exclusively to this distinctive and magical art form, Oaxacan Woodcarving will inspire and inform anyone with an interest in folk art, photography, or anthropology.
Shepard Barbash is a freelance writer and former bureau chief in Mexico City for the Houston Chronicle, whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a variety of other publications.Vicki Ragan is a photographer whose works are in the permanent collections ol the Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art in New York, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and Polaroid Corporation's International Art Collection in Amsterdam. The authors live in Atlanta, Georgia.
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