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Photo Books by Lawrence G. Desmond

Blurb is an online platform for creating, and printing independent books. By going to Blurb’s Internet web site, and searching for Lawrence G. Desmond you can see all the photos in each of the below books. Or, just click on this link: http://www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=Lawrence+G+Desmond

Growing up in California, 1947-1959. Toy Racers and Giant Salamanders. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10” Landscape. 142 pages. 123 photos. 2014

2012 Blue Water and Rocky Lights. My life in the Coast Guard, 1957-1960. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10” Landscape. 66 pages. 120 photos. 2012

The John Muir Trail. From Florence Lake to Cedar Grove, 1962. San Francisco: Blurb. Co-authored with Kenneth L. Parker. 8×10” Landscape. 94 pages. 70 photos. 2009

The San Francisco Peace March– Vietnam War Moratorium, November 15, 1969. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10” Landscape. 48 pages. 44 photos. 2013

An Unintentional Photographer, 1968-1970. Mirrored Rooms and Chain-link Fences. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10” Landscape. 162 pages. 143 photos. 2014

Tepetzintla, Sierra Norte de Puebla, 1972. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10” Landscape. 128 pages. 119 photos. 2013

Santo Tomás Jalieza, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1973. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10” Landscape. 76 pages. 65 photos. 2013

Mexico as it was. Photographs of life in the 1970s. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10” Landscape. 144 pages. 139 photos. 2013

Mexico- Landscape and Architecture. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10” Landscape. 124 pages. 114 photos. 2014

Scholars in dark glasses. Photos of MMARP symposia, 1982 to 1994. San Francisco: Blurb. 8×10″ Landscape. 195 pages, 165 photos. 2014

 

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An Unintentional Photographer. 1968-1970. Mirrored Rooms and Chain-link Fences. By Lawrence G. Desmond. 2014. Mirrored showroom, San Francisco, 1970. (Cover)

An Unintentional Photographer. 1968-1970. Mirrored Rooms and Chain-link Fences. By Lawrence G. Desmond. 2014. Mirrored showroom, San Francisco, 1970.                      (Front cover jacket)

Most of the photos in this book, An Unintentional Photographer, 1968-1970. Mirrored Rooms and Chain-link Fences are of the people, landscape, and architecture of San Francisco, the Sierra Nevada, and Arizona. Those photos were taken just before I left for Mexico and photographed its people, landscape, and architecture.

An Unintentional Photographer, 1968-1970. University of the Americas, 1970. (Rear cover)

An Unintentional Photographer, 1968-1970. University of the Americas, 1970. (Rear cover jacket)

 

 

 

 

To illustrate my transition to Mexico, I have also included in this book some of the photos I took during my first few months at the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula. What struck me right away were the guards, and a barbed wire topped chain-link fence that created an isolated university for foreigners, and Mexicans with enough money. I tried to show the exclusion, isolation, and privilege by my photos. Fortunately, since the 1980s the university has changed, and it now fosters community inclusiveness that was absent in the early years.

The book has four parts: 1) Cityscapes and other Elements- San Francisco; 2) People- San Francisco, Sausalito and south to Ladera, and Cholula, Mexico; 3) Natural Abstracts, Landscapes, Flora and a Frog- The Far West, and 4) Outside and Inside the Universidad de las Americas, Cholula, Mexico.

Recently, I donated my Mexico photos from the 1970s to Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology where they are now archived.

Selected photos from that collection were published in the following books:

Tepetzintla, Sierra Norte de Puebla, 1972

Santo Tomás Jalieza, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1973

Mexico as it was. Photographs of life as it was in the 1970s

Mexico- Landscape and Architecture

            The following link will take you to the current book, and to the others available from Blurb. http://www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=Lawrence+G+Desmond

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Growing up in California, 1947-1959. By Lawrence G. Desmond.

Growing up in California, 1947-1959.                                        By Lawrence G. Desmond.

Strictly speaking, this book, Growing up in California, 1947-1959. Toy Racers and Giant Salamanders, is not about archaeology. It’s about the photographic skills I acquired over a period of 12 years that led directly to the more professional-level photography of later years in support of my archaeological and ethnographic projects in Mexico, and work with the 19th century photos of Alice Dixon and Augustus Le Plongeon.

A few years ago I began making my photos publically available. I began by publishing a co-authored book about backpacking in the Sierra Nevada of California, then a book about my four years in the Coast Guard, another of my photos of the 1969 San Francisco peace march, and finally four books of photos of Mexico.

But, Growing up in California brought me back to 1947 when I started taking photos as a pre-teen living at home where I was influenced by the family album photos of people and the environment taken by my mother and other family members. In choosing the photos for this book I looked closely at my photography for those first 12 years, but then extended my review to 1970. During the first 12 years my skills improved quickly, but there were a few years when the learning curve was much less steep. Then, beginning around 1968 my photographic output suddenly increased ten fold, and my photography matured with the help of photographers Ansel Adams and Pirkle Jones.

The following summarizes my photography through 1970:

“Looking back at my first 12 years of photography, I consistently documented the people and environment in my life, and that pattern has continued even to this day. My sense of design and technical expertise had its greatest gain in the two years prior to my departure for Mexico to study archaeology. Those gains were due to the training I received from masters of photography such as Adams, Jones and others, a ten fold increase my photographic output, and careful review of my camera work. By 1970, I was prepared to take on the photographic challenge of Mexico, and while my studies in archaeology at the university were invaluable, photography took me far beyond the classroom to villages and archaeological sites where I learned directly about Mexico’s ancient history and culture.” (Growing up in California, 1947-1959, 2014.Page 102)

Growing up in California, 1947-1959 is organized into two parts. The first part has photos taken from 1947 to 1953, and the second has those taken from 1954 to 1959. Part I begins with photos of students and activities in the 7th grade, and ends when I graduated from high school. Part II includes photos taken during my university years of dorm life and some family photos, and ends with photos of Coast Guard shipboard life.

A link to all DesmondBooks, including this new book available from Blurb of San Francisco is below. Photos in all the books can be viewed standard size or full screen by using the Preview command.

http://www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=Lawrence+G+Desmond

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