No Ordinary Land: Encounters in a Changing Environment

Photographs by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee.
Aperture, New York, 1998. 108 pp., 73 four-color illustrations, 11¾x10¼”.

1998 photo-eye Best Monograph Honorable Mention. This rare partnership–true collaborative picture making–has resulted in some of the most exquisite and smart new color landscape images since Joel Sternfeld’s American Prospects and Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places. For ten years these two have been photographing together, squeezing together under the dark cloth to make these complex seemingly effortless compositions. Their subject matter ranges widely–from Icelandic geothermal power stations to Hawaii’s Galaxy of Orchids> park–to reveal the human hand and its varying impulses interacting with the natural environment.