Arid Waters: Photographs from the Water in the West Project

Arid Waters: Photographs from the Water in the West Project

by Peter Goin
     
 

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Arid Waters is a photographic response to the growing crisis of water scarcity, which exists because of the tendency to think of water as a commodity, or an abstract legal right, rather than the most basic physical source of life. The Water in the West Project began as a collaborative effort designed to present an artistic response to water as a social

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Arid Waters is a photographic response to the growing crisis of water scarcity, which exists because of the tendency to think of water as a commodity, or an abstract legal right, rather than the most basic physical source of life. The Water in the West Project began as a collaborative effort designed to present an artistic response to water as a social issue. Photography historian Ellen Manchester and the photographers—Mark Klett, Terry Evans, Laurie Brown, Peter Goin, Robert Dawson, Martin Stupich, Gregory Conniff, and Wanda Hammerbeck—address the question: How can photography contribute to the urgent public debate over water use and allocation? Project members prepared an exhibition of their work, defining it as a laboratory and emphasizing the process of working through ideas. This collection documents the evolution of the Water in the West Project from its inception as a group collaboration to the foundation of an archive.

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"This extremely handsome volume combines Ellen Manchester's informative and lucid text, which considers the photographic history of the American West and the inspiration for the Water in the West Project, with striking photographs . . . This collection certainly represents an outstanding debut, and one hopes that more will follow."  —J. Gerard Dollar, ISLE

"The photos cover the great irony which lies, literally, at the root of the Southwestern city: we live as though water were plentiful in a land where it is scarce. The historical photos blend nicely toward the contemporary ones, effectively showing how the illusion began and how it has been cultivated through the century."  —David Bajo, author of Panopticon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874171983
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
11/23/1992
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
10.27(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author


Peter Goin is a Foundation Professor of Art in photography and videography at the University of Nevada, Reno. His photographs have been exhibited in more than fifty museums nationally and internationally, and he is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Goin's video work has earned him an EMMY nomination as well as the Best Experimental Video Award at the 2001 New York International Film & Video Festival. At the turn of the new century, he was awarded the Governor’s Millennium Award for Excellence in the Arts. Peter Goin is the author, co-author, or editor of several books including Nuclear Landscapes (1991), Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe (1992), Arid Waters: Photographs from the Water in the West Project (1992), Humanature (1996),A Doubtful River (2000), Changing Mines in America (2004), and Black Rock (2005). Please visit Peter Goin's website: www.petergoin.com

Art historian Ellen Manchester resides in San Francisco with her husband, Robert Dawson, and son. She is co-director of the Water in the West Project.

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