Comparative social inequality has been the focus of much of Professor Cancian’s research. He also has worked on issues in economic anthropology, peasant. The latest Tweets from Frank Cancian (@Frank_Cancian). Frank, father of two husband of one; retired Anthro prof (UC Irvine) photographer of ordinary life since . Photographer: Frank Cancian (born Stafford Springs, CT and lives in when Frank Cancian investigated a small Italian hill-top community.

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Frank Cancian – Documentary and Art Photography

Stiff cover, perfect bound glued binding, digital lithography, printed by Hemlock Printers Canada. As an anthropologist by crank and a photographer as a creative passion, these two elements were fused together in when Frank Cancian investigated a small Italian hill-top community located east of Naples. It is now a photobook of memories about social and economic conditions that have since evolved. For a small Italian town, an Italian-American stranger with a camera was an oddity, thus his presence was conspicuous.

Nevertheless, over time he was able to blend in and become more of an objective observer. The double page spread of a wedding progression as fgank snakes along the hilltop road winding through the town is beautifully composed.

Fraank light drizzle adds an interesting atmospheric effect. Cancian includes in the edge of the frame in the foreground a small knot of townspeople who although are not part of the wedding crank, are still very interested in this local event. Likewise the humorous pairing of the padre and the individual with the up cast eyes could be a metaphor for good and evil, as we suspect the good intentions of the padre, but are not sure of the sly cancan of his other subject.


The first Edition hardcover book was published by Delta 3 Edizioni, copyrightwho regretfully chose a lithographic printer that either had inadequate color management or was asleep at the wheel while this book was being printed; major color shifts that are too noticeable, especially when these occur with a photograph spanning a page spread, with one page in one color, while the other half is another color.

Portrait, Frank Cancian

There are 20 additional photographs and the Italian frahk was not provided in the second edition. Regretfully as with most glued perfect binding, this book design does trap some of the image content in the gutter diminishing xancian visual effect of photographs that are a double page spread.

Cancian is a first generation American whose family had emigrated from Italy, thus his project is part autobiographical.

Comment by medischa — November 11, Thank you for this introduction to a humanist photographer I had not heard of — wonderfully warm, positive imagery despite what I imagine would have been a cultural gap which shows in some wariness amongst some subjects.

UCI Faculty Profiles: Frank Cancian

Comment by jamesmmcardle — November 13, 1: My great grandparents immigrated to Natick, MA from this town in the early s. I would love to learn more about the photographers work in this area. Comment by Renee Graham — July 17, 3: Dear Frank ,I have seen the exhibition of your photos of Lacedonia in at the museum of Lacedonia this year and I have the book. For the young generationit is a treasure of great value.


When I was 8 in ,my parents took me to Lacedonia they had emigrated in France where I was born and I still remember some views same as those in the exhibition. It is a shame that I missed your coming in I was there in September… May be will you come back one day? Comment by Henri Bortone — August 18, 6: RSS feed for comments on this post.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. Irvine, Frnak, second edition copyright Essays: English Stiff cover, perfect bound glued binding, digital lithography, printed by Hemlock Printers Canada Photobook designer: Lucedonia Cheers Douglas Stockdale Like this: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.