Contemporary Desert Photography: The Other Side of Paradise
Marilyn Cooper, Katherine Plake HoughISBN: 0295985860;
Contemporary Desert Photography: The Other Side of Paradise emphasizes the artist's view of the desert in a selection of startling visual works. The differeing viewpoints in these works by 26 American photographers provide a rich and deep experience and speak to the fragility of nature, to the sense of desloation, to the beauty of untouched land, to the ethereal quality of decaying structures, to the fleeting nature of perception, and to so many other ideas. The relationship between photography and reality is a particularly complex one. As viewers, there is often a basic expectation that we will see reality in a photograph. But that reality is actually formed by the vision of the photographer who may manipulate the viewpoint of the photograph or the techniques used to capture the image. In some cases, the artist may engage in elaborate manipulations of the subject matter itself.