Arts + Culture

Paul Hyman's photos of Morocco on view at Fowler Museum beginning Nov. 28

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In 1969, fashion photographer Paul Hyman visited his childhood friend, anthropologist Paul Rabinow, who was conducting fieldwork in Sefrou, Morocco, with the eminent anthropologists Clifford and Hildred Geertz. Forty-two of the compelling images Hyman made during that four-month stay will be on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from Nov. 28 through Dec. 16, offering a telling contrast with present-day Morocco and a fascinating record of anthropological research at a particular period in time.

Situated in north-central Morocco, where the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains meet the western plain of Morocco, Sefrou was the site of decades-long research that began in the mid-1960s by American anthropologists, including the Geertzes, Rabinow, Lawrence Rosen and Thomas Dichter.
 
"Sefrou, Morocco Observed: The Photographs of Paul Hyman" features many images of Sefrou's lively suq (bazaar), as well as people and places in other parts of the city and in the nearby village of Sidi Lahcen.
 
Hyman and Rabinow met in kindergarten in the Sunnyside, Queens, neighborhood of New York and attended school together through high school. In 1969, when Hyman visited Rabinow in Morocco, Clifford Geertz encouraged Hyman to buy extra film and provided him with support and introductions to the people of Sefrou.
 
Hyman produced several thousand images during his Sefrou sojourn, 64 of which were included in "Meaning and Order in Moroccan Society: Three Essays in Cultural Analysis," an important study on Sefrou by Clifford Geertz, Hildred Geertz and Lawrence Rosen, published in 1979.
 
While the majority of the photographs in this exhibition were published in that seminal book, several color images have never before been displayed or published.
 
Hyman graduated from Columbia University in 1965 with a major in French. Since 1965, he has photographed fashion, people and lifestyle for various Japanese and American magazines, including Harper's Bazaar and New York Magazine. Several of Hyman's photographs from Morocco are in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
 
"Sefrou, Morocco Observed: The Photographs of Paul Hyman" is exhibited in conjunction with the UCLA conference "Islam Re-observed: Clifford Geertz in Morocco" and will be on view in the Fowler Museum's Goldenberg Galleria.
 
The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA Arts, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for $8 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call (310) 825-4361 or visit www.fowler.ucla.edu.
 
Related Programs

2 p.m., Dec. 2
"Sefrou, Morocco Observed: The Photographs of Paul Hyman"
UCLA anthropologist Susan Slyomovics explores the images Hyman shot during his four-month stay in Sefrou in 1969 and compares them with Morocco today.

4 p.m., Dec. 9
Exhibition Tour with Photographer Paul Hyman
Paul Hyman leads a tour of the exhibition.
 
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