Frank Cancian Documentary Photograph Archive

Frank Cancian. Portrait 1: Boys (Lacedonia Photos). 1957. Black-and-white photograph. © 2001 Frank Cancian. Image and data provided by University of California Irvine Libraries.

In collaboration with University of California Irvine Libraries, photographer and anthropologist Frank Cancian has contributed approximately 175 photographs to the Artstor Digital Library. The work documents communities in California, Mexico, and Italy, including housecleaners in Orange County (2001-2002); the Maya of Zinacantán, Chiapas (1960-1971), and the people of Lacedonia, a hill town in Avellino (1957). 

Professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, Cancian received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1963. His research has focused on comparative social inequality, economic anthropology, and Mexican studies. His publications include: Another Place: Photographs of a Maya Community (San Francisco 1974); The Decline of Community in Zinacantan: Economy, Public Life, and Social Stratification, 1960-1987 (Stanford University Press 1992); Orange County Housecleaners (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press 2006), and Lacedonia, An Italian Town, 1957, 2017.

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