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Realm of the Incas is a celebration of the extraordinary diversity at the heart of Tihuantinsuyo, or 'Land of the Four Quarters,' as the Inca Empire was known before its conquest in 1533. Max Milligan's book charts a journey of breathtaking beauty, from the sacred snows of the Andes down into the virgin Amazon rainforest, encompassing the most richly biodiverse area on the planet.
At the centre of the region stands Cuzco, meaning literally 'The Navel' to its founders, and today acknowledged as the archaeological capital of South America and a World Heritage Site. Within a single day's drive to Cuzco are eight distinct climates and habitats; and the myths, beliefs and customs of the inhabitants of these areas are equality diverse. In the highlands, remote communities still farm llamas and alpacas in medieval style, while the islanders of Lake Titicaca use solar panels to generate their electricity. Beyond the gaze of eco-tourists, deep in protected reserves, the rainforests of Madre de Dios support tribes of native Indians pursuing a stone-age existence.
Max Milligan has left virtually no stone unturned in his explorations; whether recording the icy source of the Amazon, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Fitzcarraldo's trade routes or the cactus forests of Apurimac, his passion and determination to do his subject justice shine through. With its magical photography and lively text, endorsed in the foreword by John Hemming (whose own definitive work The Conquest of the Incas was described in The Times as 'superbly vivid history distinguished by formidable scholarship'), Realm of the Incas is, quite simply, the culmination of Max Milligan's fifteen-year love affair with Peru's fabled Inca Region.
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A stunning visual odyssey - beautifully conceived. -- New Scientist
An astonishing photographic collection -- Conde Nast Traveller - Book of the Month
Milligan's exceptional photography emcompasses this rich diversity - the pictures are not ordinary coffee-table fodder. -- The Times - Top 10 Travel Books of the Year
Milligan's passion informs every intricately researched page - fascinating on many levels. -- IPC Magazines
Startling images are juxtaposed with the humorous. Nothing escapes his acute eye. -- Evening Standard
''Realm of the Incas' is a journey from the sacred snows of the Andes to the pristine reserves of the Amazon rainforest – a region that not only passes through eight distinctive climates and habitats, but also includes the major Inca ruins and Spanish colonial architecture seen by visitors to Peru.'
Max Milligan spent five years in Peru during the late ’80s and early ’90s, during which time he took several thousand photographs. Since then he has worked as a professional photographer, mainly in London; he uses tripod-mounted Leicas, which give superb image quality. His long-held ambition has been to return to Peru to shoot the definitive photographic book about the Inca region. No book at present covers this territory as a whole; there are pamphlet guides to Machu Picchu and specialist tomes on the jungle, festivals and architecture, but there is a yawning gap in the market for a book that provides a photographic overview of the region, an area to which 90 percent of foreign visitors to Peru restrict their journeys.
Milligan spent all of the year 2000 in Peru, photographing both wet and dry seasons plus the major religious and cultural festivals. His subject matter is every aspect of the area: geographical, historical (both Inca and Spanish colonial), cultural and social events, flora and fauna from the glaciers to the jungle, and any other aspects of daily life in this fabled region.
In addition to Max’s lively commentary in his text and captions, the book has a foreword of around 2,000 words by John Hemming, much-lauded author of The Conquest of the Incas, unquestionably the definitive book on the subject and described by The Times as ‘a superbly vivid history distinguished by formidable scholarship’.
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Book Description Universe, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0789306492