PHOTOGRAPHER MONOGRAPHS

PUBLISHER
Radius Books

BOOK FORMAT
Slip, Hardcover 2 vols, 13 x 12 in. / 196 pgs / 120 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Out of stock indefinitely

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2013 p. 104   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9781934435632 TRADE
List Price: $60.00 CDN $79.00 GBP £53.00

AVAILABILITY
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Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Text by Natasha Egan. Fiction by Barry Lopez.

Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a LandscapeFor more than a decade, Victoria Sambunaris (born 1964) has crossed the United States with her five-by-seven wooden field camera and sheets of color negative film. Traveling seemingly every road nationwide, Sambunaris has described herself as having “an unrelenting curiosity to understand the American landscape and our place in it.” This first monograph on Sambunaris’ work consists of two handsome hardback volumes. The first includes a retrospective selection of her images from 2000 to 2013; the second documents the artist’s collected professional ephemera as a photographer and researcher. Included in this fascinating assortment of documents are images of books on geology and history, maps, artifacts such as mineral specimens, journals and road logs, as well as her small photographic sketches. An essay from MOCP Director Natasha Egan provides an insightful overview of this ardent chronicler of contemporary America.

Featured image is reproduced from Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

TIME LightBox

In a quest to satisfy her 'unrelenting curiosity to understand the American landscape and our place in it,' Samnubaris' first monograph is an expansive photographic study of geography and history.

Cultured

In her new book, "Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape," the celebrated photographer take us on her journey... Exploring the country and making these photographs is almost a philosophical or etical need to penetrate a grander question about landscape and our place within it.

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Jonathan Bell

The American landscape photographer Victoria Sambunaris has completed her first monograph, Taxonomy of a Landscape. Sambunaris studied at Yale and still teaches there, although her main passion is the regular road trips she takes into the American interior. The monograph brings together many of the images she took in South Texas - a rich natural landscape that is also shifting fast due to the demands of the energy industry - covering over a decade's worth of shooting...The book is designed by David Chickey, one of the co-founders of Radius Books. As well as the photographs, it also incorporates elements of the ephemera installation from Sambunaris's show at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. 'The inspiration came from geology books that contain a pocket in the back to hold maps and drawings,' she explains, 'the back pocket of the book includes a booklet of the ephemera, a pull out grid of photographs and a little gem - a brilliant short story called The Mappist by Barry Lopez.'

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Thomas

Landscape photographer Victoria Sambunaris has logged tens of thousands of miles and gone through five cars in her travels across the American landscape. A collection of these photographs is being published this spring by Radius Books in a new book called Taxonomy of a Landscape. The photographs in the book illustrate how natural and man-made forces shape the land and how these forces coexist. For example: we see freight trains dwarfed by vast swaths of Texas desert, an oil pipeline dwarfed by the Alaskan wilderness. There are images of massive open-pit mineral mines as well as vistas of breathtaking rock formations and geysers in Yellowstone National Park. In one image, the U.S. Mexico border is rendered as a thin black line cutting through otherwise uninterrupted desert. In another, a beautiful lake turns out to be a massive deposit of uranium waste.

Interview

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One of six best coffee table books to own.

Smithsonian

Erin Corneliussen

Sambunaris captures all her images with a large-format camera, a piece of equipment that requires not just a tripod, but an elaborate and careful process for each shot. Most of Sambunaris’s time is spent scouting with a smaller camera and searching for the perfect light. Once all the conditions are right, which may take days of waiting, Sambunaris travels with her cumbersome equipment and usually only shoots two sheets of film per locale. “Photography is a solitary act and forces you to look hard and observe. It requires patience and is almost meditative, especially shooting with a large format camera where there is time involved setting up and waiting,” she writes in an e-mail. “Photography is my vehicle for understanding the world and our place in it.”

The Wall Street Journal

The Editors

The pictures in Ms. Sambunaris's 'Taxonomy of a Landscape' (Radius, 126 pages, $60) explore such accidental collaborations between industry and the elements, the ways that man's and nature's delight in pattern blends.

THE Magazine

Jackie M

The travel photographs of Victoria Sambunaris are like no others. They are landscapes that record the terrain and the hand that man has played in altering these landscapes. Sambunaris engages in a solitary journey to record these places, also collecting encounters with the inhabitants and artifacts from her trips, whether mineral specimens, travel books, or maps.

Hafny

The Editors

Best Photobook of 2014

Wired

Peter Brook

Sambunaris researches as much as she can before departure, but reserves plenty of space for happenstance and happy accident in her process. It is unlikely she’ll return to most locations (there’s a whole lot of America out there), so she takes her time. Sambunaris often remains in a single location, waiting days if necessary for the right light. At this pace, she realizes it’s a journey best taken alone.

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Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

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