For Immediate Release

Awards for Two Peabody Museum Press Books

(Cambridge, May 3, 2010) Two books published by the Peabody Museum Press have won awards at the 53rd Annual New England Book Show. Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufi of the Indus  by Samina Quraeshi won in the General Trade Illustrated/Book category. Samina Quraeshi’s photographs, calligraphic works, and montages reflect the diversity of Islamic expressions of faith. Her work is a creative response to the experience of pilgrimage to the Sufi shrines in the Indus Valley. The images evoke the music, dance, and acts of faith that animate these sacred spaces. Quraeshi, a Pakistani artist and educator, created the book as part of her Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Robert Gardner’s own book Human Documents: Eight Photographers, also won in the General Trade Illustrated/Book category at the 53rd Annual New England Book Show. Robert Gardner, who founded the Film Study Center at Harvard, is an award-winning filmmaker and author. His films include Dead Birds (1964), Rivers of Sand (1975), and Forest of Bliss (1986), and among his books are The Impulse to Preserve: Reflections of a Filmmaker (2006) and Making Dead Birds: Chronicle of a Film (2007). In Human Documents, portfolios of documentary work by eight photographers, including Gardner, explore a wide span of geographies and cultures, connecting people through a universal visual language.

The New England Book Show is an annual juried show that recognizes the year's outstanding work by New England publishers, printers and graphic designers. Winning books are selected for their design, quality of materials, and workmanship.

About the Peabody Museum Press
The Peabody Museum began issuing monographs, archaeological research reports, and other publications related to the Museum’s collections and scholarly activities in 1888. Today, the Peabody Museum Press publishes the unique resources of the Museum and the work of its affiliated scholars. The press’s books include works in Old and New World archaeology, zooarchaeology, biological and sociocultural anthropology, indigenous arts, anthropology and aesthetics, and material culture. The press also publishes exhibition catalogues and the work of the Robert Gardner Photography Fellows and Gardner Visiting Artists.

Peabody Museum Press books are distributed by Harvard University Press. They may also be purchased directly from the Peabody Museum or from local booksellers.


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Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufi of the Indus by Samina Quraeshi with essays by Ali S. Asani, Carl W. Ernst, and Kamil Khan Mumtaz. Peabody Museum Press. Cloth $65.00.

Human Documents: Eight Photographers. Conceived by Robert Gardner and edited by Charles Warren (text) and Kevin Bubriski (photos). Peabody Museum Press. Cloth $50.00.

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