Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert

by Tony O'Brien
     
 

Contemplative photographs of the monastery near Abiquiu, New Mexico, and of the offices that have been kept in a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages.

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Contemplative photographs of the monastery near Abiquiu, New Mexico, and of the offices that have been kept in a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages.

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Library Journal
In 1994, photojournalist O'Brien (documentary photography, Santa Fe Univ. of Art & Design; Afghan Dreams) joined a small Benedictine monastery in New Mexico and lived there as a monk for one year. This book presents three complex stories. Poet Christopher Merrill tells the first story in his introductory essay of the community's history and current culture. The second story is told through O'Brien's diary, which he kept while staying at the monastery; it also includes deep reflections from after he was captured as a journalist in Afghanistan by the government in 1989. The third story is told through O'Brien's 72 black-and-white images, which capture the barren landscape and the domestic and spiritual life of those living in the monastery. Each story adds a layer of meaning to the previous, giving readers a sense of satisfaction as well as leaving them with lingering questions. The book accompanies an exhibit that will be on display at the New Mexico History Museum through January 2013. VERDICT Of interest to students of photography and readers interested in contemplative and religious studies.—Valerie Nye, Santa Fe Univ. of Art and Design, NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890135334
Publisher:
Museum of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 13.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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