Plateaus and Canyons
Impressions of the American Southwest
Spanning across the borders of four states is the Colorado Plateau, a region that boasts an amazing diversity of landforms. Over the past forty years, master photographer Bruce Barnbaum has visited this region repeatedly - sometimes several times a year - often staying as long as a month at a time. During these visits he has discovered an endless array of awe-inspiring subjects to photograph.
Although widely known for his black-and-white images, Barnbaum has been quietly capturing color images all along. Finally, these stunning images have been published in this, his first book of color photographs.
Photographed with eye of a true artist are the remarkable colors of Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Factory Bute, Colorado River Plateau, White Cliffs, Painted Desert, and so many other locations. Barnbaum's images reveal the hues and layers of the various minerals found throughout the region, and the breathtaking lanforms that were created over millions of years of faulting, folding, uplifting, and being buried under seas.
In a series of short essays throughout the book, Barnbaum shares his stories, thoughts, and feelings about this majestic territory - from his first introduction to the "Canyon Country" in 1974 when it was little-known and rarely photographed, throught the changes he witnessed over the years as more and more people visited the area, and finally to the irreversible effects the multitudes have had on it.
These 95 large-format color photographs, each with an accompanying description, are certain to captivate, inspire, and above all, encourage a new appreciation of the wonder of our planet.
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Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. Photography has also been his life's work for the past 40 years.
Bruce's educational background includes bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA. After working for several years as a mathematical analyst and computer programmer for missile guidance systems, he abruptly left the field and turned to photography.
Bruce is recorgnized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both for his exceptional black-and-white work, as well as for his color imagery. He understands light to an extent rarely found and combines this understanding with a mastery of composition, applying his knowledge to an extraordinary wide range to subject matter.
Bruce has authored several books, some of which have become classics. His early publication of The Art of Photography: An Approach tp Personal Expression (first published in 1994 and going out of print in 2002) was updates, revamped, and newly released in late 2010 by Rocky Nook. This new book became an instant best seller and is sure to remain a classic for years to come.
Bruce has been an active environmental advocate for more than three decades, both independently and through his involvement and leadership with organizations such as the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society, the Mountain Loop Conservancy, Futurewise, and the North Cascades Conversation Council.