This is a short film inspired by my latest book "Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait" published by the University of New Mexico Press. (unmpress.com) The film, produced and directed by my daughter Rebekkah Varjabedian, was created for a public presentation about the book at the Albuquerque Museum in December 2012. We hope you enjoy the presentation.
ABOUT LANDSCAPE DREAMS, A NEW MEXICO PORTRAIT: (from the book jacket)
Craig Varjabedian’s photographs, made over the nearly three decades that he has lived and worked in New Mexico, range over all the image-making forms—landscape, portrait, and still life— to offer a remarkably complete, varied, and original portrait of what many call The Land of Enchantment. White sand desert, cloud-capped peaks, ancient adobe ruins, groves of autumn cottonwoods all find their place here. Intimate, personal, and yet iconic, the photographs capture a land and its people in a collection that will be warmly welcomed by those who already love New Mexico but serve also as an inviting introduction for newcomers to its diverse and captivating uniqueness.
Fittingly, the ninety photographs, all beautifully presented in elegant duotone reproductions, celebrate the hundred years of New Mexico’s statehood begun in 1912. Here, paired with images of Native American sites that go back to earlier millennia, such as the ruins at Bandelier National Monument, are artifacts of the modern world, like the familiar outline of a pumpjack in an oil patch and a low-rider Cadillac outside the wall that protects the Santuario de Chimayo.
Complementing the eloquent pictures are three essays by New Mexico writers whose intimacy with and affection for the land are no less deep than the photographer’s. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish offers a poet’s special insights into the particular character of Varjabedian’s photographs. Marin Sardy writes knowledgably of the history of the state, and the ways in which other writers have captured its allure, its mystery, and its kaleidoscopic reality. Hampton Sides, a New York Times best-selling author offers an appreciation of Craig Varjabedian’s true gifts and urges the reader/viewer to “Take time to savor this careful distillation of the real New Mexico.”
You are invited to view more of my photography on the web at craigvarjabedian.com