For those of you who love American West photography, this book may be the fix you need.
Craig Varjabedian is a photographer who has chronicled the American West for a long time, and his latest work, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, is being recognized as a fine work. It was recently picked by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum as the Outstanding Photography Book of 2009, and an exhibit of some of Varjabedian's photos are touring the nation. It was recently at the Albuquerque Museum of Art. If I hear of any future exhibits, I'll let you know.
His work brings to mind Ansel Adams. I've seen so many photos of Adams' Yosemite work that I cannot stand to look at them anymore. Yosemite overload: unfortunate but there it is. But Adams' "other" American West photography, namely of New Mexico, are some of my favorites. Varjabedian's work reminds me of that other, lesser known Adams.
In the meantime, go to NPR for a article and a slide show called "Ghosts, Dudes and Ranches" of Varjabedian's photos.
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