West of Last Chance

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Peter Brown’s haunting photographs of the high plains, interspersed with Kent Haruf’s narratives of the people who live there.West of Last Chance is a unique collaboration between celebrated photographer Peter Brown and award-winning author Kent Haruf. The result is a profound visual/verbal dialogue of short prose pieces and large-format color images that brings to life this sometimes brutal and incredibly beautiful part of the country. Awarded the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize by the Center for Documentary ...

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Overview

Peter Brown’s haunting photographs of the high plains, interspersed with Kent Haruf’s narratives of the people who live there.West of Last Chance is a unique collaboration between celebrated photographer Peter Brown and award-winning author Kent Haruf. The result is a profound visual/verbal dialogue of short prose pieces and large-format color images that brings to life this sometimes brutal and incredibly beautiful part of the country. Awarded the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for this project in 2005, the authors write: “Our interest in this part of the world is contemporary but also includes its history and a mix of stories that have passed down over the years, stories that resonate with the land in interesting ways.” It is an evocative work concerned with “moments that describe the beauty, power, tragedy, and cultural complexity of the place itself: the way the land has been used, the way people have lived on it, and the visual record that has been left behind.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393065725
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/18/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 637,853
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent Haruf is the author of Plainsong and Eventide. He lives in Salida, Colorado.

Peter Brown has received numerous fellowships and his work is included in many collections, including that of the Museum of Modern Art. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2014

    Lovely book

    I bought this book because I am a huge Kent Haruf fan. The photographs are hauntingly beautiful and Haruf's narrative add to their poignancy.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Highly recommended

    The photography is superb in content and form !
    A must have book for Libraries and homes.
    It could somehow use a better printing to be fair to the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Great Images and Text

    West of Last Chance captures a place and time as few other books do. As a former resident of Montana, I was particularly struck by Haruf's words and how they played off against Brown's images. Like two very good jazz artists, each takes the essential melody of the High Plains, creates his own riff on it, and together create a dazzling duet.

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