This book is about my first years of photography that began in 1947 in the small town of San Carlos, California on the “San Francisco Peninsula.” In 1939, my parents bought a lot and built our house there. Hay fields spread out in all directions, the population was 3,000, and from the hills you could see all the way to San Francisco. Across the street from our house there was a seasonal creek where we caught pollywogs in the spring, and Poison Oak in the summer! I did all the things kids do growing up in that environment, but it was also where I first became interested in photography, and learned how to use a camera.
This book 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 I took while in the 7th grade, and ends when I graduated from high school. Part II includes photos taken during my university years, and ends with the photos of shipboard life while I was in the US Coast Guard. The photos have been adjusted for brightness, contrast, and sharpness, but to illustrate my photography they have not been cropped or corrected by rotation. At the end of the introduction to Part II, is a short evaluation of my photography during its first 12 years.
Lawrence G. Desmond received his PhD in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; his MA in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico, and carried-out archaeological research in Mexico and Guatemala for more than 40 years. He taught at the University of Minnesota and San Francisco State University. His books, "A Dream of Maya" and "Yucatán through her eyes," are about the photography and studies of the ancient Maya by Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon who worked in Yucatán in the 1870s. His photographs of the people, architecture, and landscape of Mexico and Guatemala are archived at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, and photographs of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) are at the Getty Research Institute. Desmond is a senior research fellow in archaeology with the MMARP at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences.
Scholars in Dark Glasses- Photos of MMARP Symposia, 1992 to 1994 Published November 16, 2014
An Unintentional Photographer, 1968-1970 Published July 28, 2014
Mexico- Landscape and Architecture Published March 16, 2014
MEXICO - As it was. Photographs of Life in the 1970s. Published January 03, 2014
Santo Tomás Jalieza Oaxaca, Mexico 1973 Published November 30, 2013
Tepetzintla, Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico 1972 Published August 29, 2013
The San Francisco Peace March Vietnam War Moratorium, November 15, 1969 Published July 28, 2013
Blue Water and Rocky Lights-- My life in the U.S. Coast Guard, 1957 to 1960 Published June 21, 2012