Observations in an Occupied Wilderness. Photographs by Terry Falke. Introduction by Carol McCusker. Essay by William L. Fox. Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2006. 120 pp., 75 color illustrations, two 4-page gatefolds, 11¾x10". Signed copies available at photo-eye.
I've been away since Monday and unfortunately wifi is a bit hard to get hold of, but I will try to update Rare Autumn as much as possible. For now enjoy this beautiful book!
"Falke has been traveling around the Southwest [of the US] for the past decade or so, looking at several things.
Inevitably, he has been documenting the commercialization, building and paving of the West. This includes its large-scale conversion into a theme-park parody of itself: purple mountain's majesty being eclipsed by a three-story blanket slide; tire-tracked "wild" areas plastered with signage and lists of rules; golf courses plunked in parched playas. But Falke's vision is certainly more nuanced-it's more than just another cry of pain. For one thing, the light and space of the West are still as sublime as ever, and captured on 8×10 color negative film, they pop and sing. That crisp lyricism works equally well for Falke whether he's looking at Hoover Dam at sunset or at birds in a pure blue dusk, clustered in a bare tree lapped by the Salton Sea."