Richard Cross: San Basilio de Palenque en Colombia

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Between 1975 and 1978, photographer Richard Cross (1950–1983) became part of an ethnographic study of San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, the first community of enslaved refugees officially recognized the Spanish crown. The project was directed by Colombian anthropologist Nina S. de Friedemann. She carried out an ethnographic study with the participation of the community and Cross did visual anthropology work. Cross took more than five thousand images providing a rich and detailed visual record of the life of Palenqueros and the material conditions of their subsistence and development. Their work was published in a book titled, Ma Ngombe: Guerreros y ganaderos en Palenque, a pioneer study of Afrodescendientes in Latin America. Four thousand of those images by Richard Cross are already digitized with basic metadata and available to the public and researchers anywhere in the world at CSUN’s Tom & Bethel Bradley Center.

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