Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs
Foreword by Geoffrey I. Brown.
Navajo Nation 1950 is the journey of a time gone by. Author Jonathan B. Wittenberg has compiled his photographs and notes, savoring the days when he was able to incorporate himself into the fabric of the everyday life of one of America's most important cultures. Wittenberg, then a student of biochemistry, lived among the Navajo, who accepted him into their lives and allowed him to participate in their traditional activities. With a bulky twin-lens reflex camera, the young student took extraordinary portraits of people from a time that is essentially unrecorded. With more than ninety duotone photographs, this book not only features portraits of individuals who came to mean so much to the author, but also daily activities, the incredible landscape, and events hidden from the public eye.
About the Author:
Jonathan B. Wittenberg is a Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Biophysics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his PhD from Columbia University. His photographs from the era in which he lived with the Navajo people can be found in the permanent collection of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his wife live in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.