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Morocco: Sahara to the Sea For Three Years, Photographer Mary Cross Travelled Throughout Morocco, From The Sahara Desert In The South To The Rif Mountains In The North, Visiting Large Cities, Small Villages, And The Country S Little Known, Inaccessible Regions Gathered In This Volume Is A Selection Of Her Photographs, Which Seek To Capture Morocco In All Its Remoteness, Beauty And Mystery From Mountain Chasms To Desert Oases, From Kasbahs To Souks , Cross Chooses Subjects In Which History Impinges On The Present, Architecture That Gives Expression To The Country S Past, And Natural Surroundings That Offer A Continuing Commentary On The Lives Of The People Within The Landscape Cross, a photojournalist living in Princeton, New Jersey, roamed Morocco and took home a superb collection of photographs Her pictures range from the characteristic keyhole arches of the royal palaces to naked chickens hanging in the butcher s shop, and they cover several of Morocco s most picturesque regions In particular, Cross has an eye for colors, whether in clothing, plants, animals, buildings, or landscape.But there s something wrong with this postcard like album, and it s modern life, carefully excised from nearly every picture Morocco celebrates the non Western and the old The two brief forewords by the eminent writers Paul Bowles and Tahar Ben Jelloun set the tone, lauding Olde Morocco The beauty of the countryside is never flawed and implicitly disdaining its modern counterpart If a photographic collection is to portray reality, however, it has to record the full range of life, not just the exotic and archaic Only a very few scenes hint at a Morocco that s not timeless in particular, one picture shows a building in downtown Marrakesh plastered with posters in English advertising Police Action III and Platoon Leader After so many scenes from centuries past, this one feels oddly authentic and even fresh Had Cross only shown some children in cement schools, commuters in buses, and old men watching television, she would have captured not only the beauty of Morocco but also its current reality.Middle East Quartely, June 1996

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