Cuba
CUBA Singing with Bright Tears – New SIGNED Copies Available Directly from the Artist’s Studio! Photographs by Virginia Beahan, Essays by Pico Iyer and Jon Lee Anderson

December 2016: A limited number of signed copies of Cuba Singing with Bright Tears can now be ordered through this website. As we all know, Cuba is in the news daily, and many Americans continue making plans to visit this beautiful island nation. Education is Freedom Bay of Pigs Hemingway Bar During my first visit to Cuba in 2001, I was immediately attracted to the way the island’s history, politics, and culture were visible, literally inscribed upon the land. Collision of the past with the present was a palpable thing: compelling, dramatic, complex–and heightened for me by the fact that…

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Pink Chair, Salton Sea Beach, CA
Elegy for an Ancient Sea

Like a mirage floating on the desert floor, the Salton Sea’s ethereal beauty belies the trouble beneath its still, reflective surface. The sea itself is emblematic of some of the worst outcomes of human intervention, and as such, may also present opportunities for some of our most dramatic and creative solutions.

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CUBA singing with bright tears

Cuba’s history is visible everywhere, written on the land in words and images: on billboards and signs, on public buildings and homes, painted onto rocks and spelled out in whitewashed pebbles in the red earth. One is steeped in the events of the past, and the land and its people testify to their bearing on the present and the future.

Fall Garden, Lyme, NH, 2005
Photographs from Home

When my aging mother came to live with us in New Hampshire, I began making photographs of my family in much the same way we had when I was a child.  I wanted to capture these ordinary moments again, and the intense, fleeting beauty of the tiny realm that nurtures and sustains us.

Moonrise
Drawn by Desire

“By some chance, here they are, all on this earth; and who shall ever tell the sorrow of being on this earth, lying, on quilts, on the grass, in a summer evening, among the sounds of the night.” –James Agee

Windmills Near Palm Springs, California
No Ordinary Land

No Ordinary Land is a collaborative project with artist Laura McPhee begun in 1987. In our pictures, we looked at areas as remote and geologically youthful as Iceland and as densely populated and industrially developed as New Jersey. In between, we made pictures in Sri Lanka, Italy, Costa Rica and Hawaii. Our work is about human inventiveness in shaping the elements both physically and metaphorically as we strive to represent multiple possibilities for reading landscape.

Almond Trees and Flood Irrigation, Oakdale, CA, 1999
The Country Between Us

The Country Between Us is a collaborative project with artist Laura McPhee that followed the publication of No Ordinary Land.  We concentrated on the richness and diversity of America,  continuing to explore the reciprocal ways we relate to our environment and the implications of our actions upon the places we inhabit.