Frank Cancian (University of California, Irvine)

Artstor Digital Library is collaborating with Frank Cancian to release more than 200 documentary photographs depicting people and communities in California, Mexico, and Italy. They include the lives of housecleaners in Orange County, California (in 2001-2002); the Maya of Zinacantán, Chiapas, Mexico (1960-1971), and Lacedonia, a hill town in southern Italy (1957). The collection is also available as high-resolution downloads for academic publishing; for more information, please see Images for Academic Publishing.

Frank Cancian is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1963. His research has focused on comparative social inequality, and on issues in economic anthropology, peasant studies, and Mexican studies. His book Orange County Housecleaners features his photographs documenting the lives of seven housecleaners working in the southern California county and includes the first-person life story of each woman. He is also the author of Another Place: Photographs of a Maya Community and The Decline of Community in Zinacantán: Economy, Public Life, and Social Stratification, 1960-1987.