Black Rock

Black Rock

by Peter Goin, Paul F. Starrs
     
 

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In this oversize, richly illustrated volume, photographer Peter Goin and geographer Paul F. Starrs offer a textual and visual exploration of Nevada's enigmatic Black Rock country, an isolated area the size of Delaware. Apparently silent and lifeless, it is revealed by them as a place where ceaseless natural forces shape a haunting landscape, where life in many

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In this oversize, richly illustrated volume, photographer Peter Goin and geographer Paul F. Starrs offer a textual and visual exploration of Nevada's enigmatic Black Rock country, an isolated area the size of Delaware. Apparently silent and lifeless, it is revealed by them as a place where ceaseless natural forces shape a haunting landscape, where life in many forms has endured for millennia. The raw physical intensity of salt pan playa, vertical mountains, and boiling springs has been the focus of study and contemplation by scientists, explorers, outdoors aficionados, and artists for years. Now the home to the world-famous annual Burning Man celebration, the Black Rock desert startles our senses, as shown in these eloquent photographs and informative text.
 

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"Black Rock goes beyond the literate, learned, and playful flair of Paul Starr's language and the art, irony, and honesty of Peter Goin's photographs. The ideas in both visions—the intellectual statements of what place means—distill the relationship between people and landscape to its physical essence more clearly than any book I know. . . . And the Black Rock, as they say, is an 'iconic landscape.'"-Stephen Trimble

"The authors construct a narrative that assays the basic physical make-up of the place—land, air, water, fire—as well as some of the human interactions —Gerlach, Burning Man, land sailers, hot-spring dippers. The result suggests that Black Rock Country is not one place, but many." -Kirk Robertson,Reno News & Review, December 8, 2005

"Another good trait of Black Rock is Goin and Starr's ability to attend to both the physical and cultural qualities of the region in such a way that is not only accessible for both physical and human geographers, but also quite enjoyable." -Jacob SowersThe Professional Geographer 58.4, November 2006

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874175912
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
09/06/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,187,349
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(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

Paul F. Starrs is Professor of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West and of many scholarly articles. He has received UNR's Researcher of the Year award as well as several teaching commendations.

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