Stone Offerings: Machu Picchu's Terraces of Enlightenment

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Lightpoint Press, 2009 - Architecture - 143 pages
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Accomplished architectural photographer Torrey assembles over 100 color photographs of the stone terraces of Machu Picchu, all carefully executed in reasonably good light over the course of a few days during two trips to the site, one during the summer solstice and a subsequent visit during the winter solstice. Torrey manages to capture a sense of solitude in a fairly cohesive photo-essay with images ranging from majestic views to haunting stone formationsno small feat given the number of people who swarm to this popular tourist spot. Marie Arana (Lima Nights) provides a worthwhile introduction to Machu Picchu in both English and Spanish. In reading the text and looking through the photographs, however, one longs for greater substance, perhaps a little more insight into the lives of those who once peopled this sacred place. It would have been helpful, at a bare minimum, for each of the photographs to be captioned. Still, this can be recommended as a solid introduction to Machu Picchu.Raymond Bial, First Light Photography, Urbana, IL Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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I bought this book for my husband, who has read alot about Machu Pichu but has never been there. I heard about the book on NPR radio. They were interviewing the author who described some of the ... Read full review

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The photographs were incredible. Made me want to pack a bag and hop a flight. Read full review


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Mike Torrey is a Southern California based architectural photographer serving clients at major architectural firms, prestigious hotels and corporations. He has taught photography to architecture students and serves on the board of an architectural lecture series.

Marie Arana is editor of "The Washington Post Book World" as well as a feature writer for "The Post". She has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as well as the National Book Critics Circle. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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