About the Book
(Hardcover with dust jacket) The large format book (13 by 11 inches - 33 x 28cm) shows 110 images recorded on Kodachrome 25 film in the 1950's with a Leica IIIC and scanned for reproduction and printing. They cover both America, mainly the Southwest, and Europe, including England, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the former Yugoslavia and Greece. The images preserve my vision of a world, much of which no longer exists. Many of the people I photographed belonged to the last generation to live in a way that had lasted for centuries; economic development, universal communication, war, and recently, tourism have taken their toll. For other sets of images, including more Kodachromes and recent digital images, see www.mkarplusphotographer.com.
Martin Karplus was born in Austria and is a world renowned theoretical chemist. He holds professorships at Harvard University and the Universite de Strasbourg. He has been a practicing photographer since the 1950's when he used a Leica IIIC with Kodachrome film to capture images of the world that mostly no longer exist in Europe and the United States. His work has been exhibited in the United States, England and France. Martin now uses a Canon EOS 20D and has concentrated on the peoples of China and India where the cultural heritage of many generations is rapidly disappearing.