Purple Martin Press

The Purple Martin Press, LLC was founded by Peter Kayafas in 2007 to publish photography books.

The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta Photographs by
Peter Kayafas
Epitaph translations by
Adrian G. Sahlean
Essay by Sanda Golopentia
Purple Martin Press, 2007
New York
9.5 x 6.5 inches, paper
120 pages
47 full-color reproductions
ISBN 978-0-9797768-0-9
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Designed by the celebrated Dutch designer Tessa van der Waals and exquisitely produced in Holland, the first publication of the Purple Martin Press, The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, brings an extraordinary Romanian treasure to an international audience. This bilingual edition of photographs of the carved graves elegantly presents this unusual and remote place in all its primitive splendor and preserves the humor, tragedy and humanity of the memorials and their respective epitaphs.

Please send a check payable to Purple Martin Press
for $45.00 and $6.00 for shipping and handling to:

Peter Kayafas
Purple Martin Press
PO Box 525
New York, NY 10026