This collection of elegantly composed black-and-white images by one of New Mexicos most accomplished photographers, celebrates the states captivating physical variety and enduring allure. With subject matter ranging from some of the states most iconic landformsincluding the White Sands desert and Carlsbad Cavernsto the people who work the land, Varjabedians images pay homage to New Mexicos ancient history and to the homely details of everyday life. In photographing his subjects, whether epic or mundane, Varjabedian seeks the moments when the light, shadow, composition, and other elements combine to express the beauty of the place.
Marin Sardys wide-ranging essay provides historical and cultural contexts in which to understand Varjabedians work. Scholar-poet Jeanetta Calhoun Mish defines the particular quality of the artists imagery.