The real treasure, that which can put an end to our poverty and all our trials, is never very far; there is no need to seek it in a distant country. It lies buried in the most intimate parts of our own house; that is, of our own being. It is behind the stove, the centre of the life and warmth that rule our existence, the heart of our heart, if only we knew how to unearth it.
Four hundred years after conquest by the Spaniards, the Incas of Peru preserve a seed of their old culture. Though in greatly reduced form, the ancient life pattern which developed in the Andes still survives. In the remote region of Q’eros in the Department of Cuzco, the Indian’s life remains fully involved with the land.
The Incas' agricultural and religious settlement of Pisac in the Department of Cuzco overlooks the fertile bottomland of the Vilcanota (upper Urubamba) River valley. The lower and wider Inca terraces of the valley floor are still cultivated, but the narrower upper terraces are used now only for grazing llamas and sheep.
Photographs of the Xicrin Indians of the Amazon Basin
We have no information regarding the Xicrin Indians except their location in the Amazon River Basin of Brazil, nor do we know if they are of the same family as the Desana, an isolated tribe of the Northwest Amazon. The particular details of language and custom may differ.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 1970. Harvard University Press, 123 reproductions, 11 x 12 inches. $25.00 Paperbound $9.50. During 1967 and 1968, Bruce Davidson spent a great deal of his time photographing a single block in the East Harlem ghetto.
John Cohen. Born in New York City, 1932. Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1955, Master of Fine Arts 1957, Yale School of Fine Arts. Studied painting with Josef Albers, photography with Herbert Matter. Master's Thesis on weaving in Peru. Since 1957 has worked as free lance photographer.