Photographs by Craig Varjabedian
Foreword by Hampton Sides
Essays by Marin Sardy and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
From the University of New Mexico Press October 1, 2012
This beautiful new book of black-and-white images by Craig Varjabedian celebrates New Mexico’s captivating physical variety and enduring allure. Coming Fall 2012-University of New Mexico Press.
A place of diverse origins and composite identities, New Mexico offers a crossroad of cultures and a patchwork of landscapes. Here, the connections between earth and sky, present and past, nature and culture are easily seen but rarely simple to understand. This stunning, large format book (11 by 11 inches), with ninety monochrome images by award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian presents a definitive portrait.
New Mexico celebrates its centennial of statehood in 2012, and photographer Varjabedian honors that legacy with this retrospective collection of his finest work that explores the state’s physical variety and enduring allure. Poet and professor Jeanetta Calhoun Mish offers a keen analysis of the special character of Craig Varjabedian’s images. Marin Sardy provides text that examines historical lore and well-known locales. And New York Times best selling author Hampton Sides opens the book with a personal appreciation and anecdotal identification with the photographer’s quiet walks across the landscape.
Craig Varjabedian reflects on the state’s unfolding identity in elegantly composed photographs that reveal his reverence for New Mexico through the “eloquent light” he masterfully captures through his lens. This collection of black-and-white images, superbly reproduced in duotone printing, presents new photographs never before exhibited in public alongside selections from the body of work he has created over the past twenty-five years. With subject matter ranging from some of the state’s most iconic landforms to the faces of a sampling of its diversity of people, the artist pays homage both to the part New Mexico has played in history and to the quiet reality of everyday life.
Together, these words and images reveal the extraordinary depth and beauty of the idea that is New Mexico.