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North by Nuuk is an intimate, contemporary look at the people and the social and primal geographic landscapes of Greenland. Photographer Denis Defibaugh presents his journey from Nuuk to the settlement of Illorsuit, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, following Rockwell Kent’s earlier footsteps and offering a fresh look at timeless Greenland. Defibaugh’s revealing documentary photographs made during 2016–17 introduce a changing country and its cultural continuity in response to Kent’s 1930s historic writings and hand-tinted lantern slide images made during his residence in Greenland. The innovative documentary project, supported by a National Science Foundation award, weaves Defibaugh’s stunning photographs through past and present daily life while linking Greenlanders with their pristine and revered landscape. Foreword by Gretel Ehrlich; essays by Axel Jeremiasson and Denis Defibaugh.
Denis Defibaugh is a Rochester, New York based photographer and professor at Rochester Institute of Technology for more than 30 years. His photographic projects include explorations of Oaxaca, Mexico’s The Day of the Dead, extinct species in Afterlifes of Natural History, and Tlacotalpan, Mexico’s Candelaria Festival.
Publisher: RIT Press (12/2019)
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Size: 11 x 10 in.
Shipping Weight: 4lb
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ARCTIC: North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent, by Denis Defibaugh
“North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent—a book of faultless production values and cross-cultural insights—is a landmark publishing event. By reproducing Kent’s historical photographs, many for the first time, together with Defibaugh’s absorbing photographs of contemporary Greenland, the book is a rare visual resource for historians of the Arctic as well as of modern American art.” —Excerpt from book review by Jake Milgram Wien in ARCTIC (Calgary) 73, no. 3 (September 2020)
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“This is, of course, a book of photography, but it is so much more. It is a book to pick up and savor, examine the photographs, attempt to feel the cold beauty of the country. It is also, frankly, a beautiful book. Seldom today can one find a book so well designed and printed. RIT Press and Professor Defibaugh are to be commended for keeping up such high quality. A book of fine art photography like this shows the importance of real books.” —Excerpt from book review by Will Ross
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Table of Contents
1 GREENLAND AFTER ROCKWELL KENT: ILLORSUIT 1931 AND 2016/KALAALLIT NUNAAT ROCKWELL KENT-IP KINGORNAGUT: ILLORSUIT 1931-MI 2016-MILU
Translated to Greenlandic by Axel Jeremiassen
9 UUMMANNNAQ DISTRICT TO ILLORSUIT
99 NUUK TO SISIMIUT
139 ROCKWELL KENT’S GREENLAND: PHOTOGRAPHY, PAINTING, AND LECTURES
155 KENT AND DEFIBAUGH IN ILLORSUIT, GREENLAND
159 ABOUT AN AMERICAN WHO SPENT A YEAR IN ILLORSUIT 1931–32
Translated to English by Axel Jeremiassen