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Fran Antmann is a documentary photographer , writer, and professor. Her photographic work has focused on the lives and culture of the indigenous people of...
“Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams,” recently published by Nirala Press, is a unique book of photographs and writing that explores the power and mystery of indigenous healing practices among the Maya people of Guatemala. In our data driven world, there is increasing interest in indigenous knowledge as a source of enlightenment for those who can apprehend patterns in nature and use their own bodies as sources of healing.
"Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams" is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Fiscal sponsorship allows individual artists to expand their fundraising capabilities using NYFA's 501c3 tax-exempt status.
“Fran Antmann grew to know a culture, lived in it, merged with it, translated it, and loved it. She photographed the dreams that guide us to wisdom and healing, then wrapped those images in quetzal feathers. Today, she returns her vision of the world to the men and women she met through this encounter between cultures. It is a privilege to have been invited to write the preface to this book which is more than a book—it is a revelation.”
— Carolina Escobar Sarti, Guatemalan poet
“Fran Antmann’s work in Maya Healers, years in the making, is imbued with the depth and texture only great photography can achieve; where the images transcend being mere documents but reach great art. Many of the images, especially of the people in their daily lives, are transcendent and absolutely gorgeous, revealing an empathy and visual perception that is timeless.”
I am pleased to be included in the MIPJ 2016: Indigenous Edition with work from my forthcoming book Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams.
MIPJ: Media, Information, International Relations, and Humanitarian Affairs (http://www.mipj.org) has released two editions for 2016:
MIPJ Partners are: NOOR, IRIN, MediaStorm, SocialDocumentary.net/ZEKE. Print editions (including both 2016 editions in one volume) are available via pre-order from http://www.mipj.org/mipj-2016-subscriptions.html and will be distributed internationally by Ingram.
I am pleased to be included in the second print issue of Documentum which “focuses on the serious play in the literary text-with-picture space happening in the Instagram arena.” This issue has been curated by artists and writers who work with text and image (including Teju Cole and Rebecca Norris Webb, among others).
The work in Documentum is from my forthcoming book “Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams. My crowd funder that will help pay for the publication of the book will end in three days. Now at nearly 80% of my fundraising goal, I’m so deeply grateful for the support and involvement of 110 people.
You can view excerpts of my paired photographs and texts on my Instagram, including this story about Maya healer Josefina: https://www.instagram.com/p/BFCwGczsZcW/…
Thank you being part of the Maya Healers journey. I'm so encouraged by the generous support of people from all over the country and as far away as Japan, Australia and Dubai. I've reached 60%of my goal from over 85 backers. With just 8 days to go before the crowd funder ends, I would be very grateful for your contribution, no matter how small.
I’ve recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to help supplement the print run of my forthcoming book Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams.
I've documented the indigenous healers and bone setters struggling to keep traditional practises alive in the aftermath of Guatemala's devastating civil war. This is a project that I’ve been working on for many years and it’s been close to my heart.
I'm delighted to be invited to participate in an exhibition called "Yellowknives Dene: This Land is Our Home" at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in the Northwest Territories, Canada. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation elders to showcase their history, language and culture through artifacts, oral history and photography. It will open in Sept. 2015 and will be on view through Sept. 2018.