Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River (Hardcover)
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Downstream is an arresting vision of the Colorado River by renowned landscape photographer Karen Halverson. The Colorado, crucial to development in the West, is at once wilderness, natural resource, recreation area, and wasteland. In seventy large-format color photographs, Halverson captures the river's natural majesty as well as the strange and unexpected beauty of its altered state. The images take us on an intimate exploration of the Colorado's entire length--from its rugged upstream canyons, to its dams and reservoirs, to where it disappears into the desert, entirely consumed. In an insightful, personal introduction to the photographs, Halverson tells how she explored the Colorado--accessing it by car, on foot, and by raft--while learning about its transformation into a complex water delivery system. In a lyrical foreword, historian William Deverell sets the photographs in the illuminating context of Colorado River history and discovery. In both images and prose, the book gives an extraordinary view of the Colorado's great and enduring splendor and a clear-eyed look at the many ironies contained in its waters.
About the Author
Karen Halverson has spent a great part of her career documenting the American West, from the Colorado River to Southern California. Her photographs are in many public collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has taught at the University of Southern California and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She lives in New York's Hudson River Valley with her husband, the actor Steven Gilborn.