About the Book

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With publication of Through the Lens of Her Camera, a cherished life-long ambition of Cherel Ito’s is fulfilled. Though not completed in her own lifetime, her book was destined to fulfill not only her unique vision, but also to bless her family, her friends, those she photographed, and those who have now begun discovering her work.

Cherel’s images are riveting. Her collection—part travelogue, part artist’s sketch pad—now allows Cherel to take her place among fellow-photographers. Perhaps like Diane Arbus, she is part anthropologist, fascinated by people, capturing unusual faces so arresting as to be unforgetable. Perhaps like Ansel Adams, she is part environmentalist, honoring both the land and its inhabitants, seeking people of all nations in the context of their respective cultures. But perhaps most salient and unique is the beauty and joy she saw in the faces, cultures and countries she visited.

Personality and tenderness, strength and individuality, fierceness and humor, pride and humility . . . all are represented in her work. Here as you glimpse the full spectrum of humanity, you’re likely to see more of the universality that connects us all, than the differences that divide us.

During her lifetime, Cherel’s work was exhibited in several group shows around the U.S., and she had a one woman show at the Djuna Gallery in New York. Yet her photographs were not shown as often as they might have been, for she was more focused on taking the photographs than on presenting them.

But within weeks of her book’s publication, galleries began requesting her work. In May 2007 the Gallery at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica, California featured the entire collection as published. And in May 2008, the National Museum of Women in the Arts presented its first showing of her American images.

Cherel Ito passed on in 1999. Her legacy is just beginning.

John Fitzgibbon on Cherel Ito's Legacy and The Book