"With this book, David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek, two extraordinary photographers who have for years been under the magical spell of Ghost Ranch, give us not just beautiful photographs, but a sense of what it is like to see and experience this mysterious and powerful place."
--Alex Harris, Professor, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Editor, Double Take Magazine
"In these pages, history and the present converge in ways that only artists can manifest."
--James Enyeart, Director, Marion Center for Photographic Arts, The College of Santa Fe
Winner of 1998 PIA
Premier Print Award
This elegant book is the culmination of the efforts of a husband-and-wife team of photographers to capture the spectacular, mystical landscape of the Southwest that is Ghost Ranch. With exclusive permission to document its rugged beauty over a six-year period, they lugged camera equipment through scorching heat and chest-high banks of snow with these breathtaking results.
Best known as the residence of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, Ghost Ranch has a long and colorful history dating to prehistoric times when the area was settled by the ancestors of the Native American Tewa tribe. Through a series of speculative land owners including a pair of cattle rustlers, it evolved into a desert retreat for artists including Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe among others. O'Keeffe settled permanently and lived out her life there painting her spiritually charged surroundings.
Printed in a stunning tri-tone method, these images reproduce the hand-toned effects of the original exhibition prints with remarkable clarity and astonishing accuracy. Available both softbound and in a hardbound, limited, collectors' edition Ghost Ranch: Land of Light will become a favorite of photography connoisseurs as well as anyone who loves the desert Southwest.
Photographs from this book were the subject of an exhibit debuting at The Albuquerque Museum of Art from January to March 1998. From May through July, 1998 it will be shown at Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe. The work will then tour museums and galleries across the United States.
David Scheinbaum is professor of art at The Marion Center for Photographic Arts at The College of Santa Fe. He assisted photo-historian Beaumont Newhall for 15 years and currently is co-director of Scheinbaum & Russek Gallery Ltd in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He printed exhibition photographs for Eliot Porter and Beaumont Newhall including several limited edition portfolios and published bodies of work. His work has been frequently exhibited throughout the United States and is in the permanent collections of The Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; The New York Public Library; The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tuscon; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Janet Russek is co-director of Scheinbaum & Russek Gallery Ltd in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was assistant to Eliot Porter for 10 years and founded the New Mexico Council on Photography. Widely published and exhibited, her work is in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Gernsheim Collection, University of Texas, Austin; The Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York; the Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York.