Friday, February 1, 2008

{peter brown exhibit}

Peter Brown's photographs are a stark, elegant, and subtle examination of the Western landscape. He and writer Kent Haruf, won the 2005 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize for the project High Plains.

Kent Haruf has paired Peter's photos with text in the book West of Last Chance (W.W. Norton & Company). Kent Haruf is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, Plainsong, whose stage adaptation by Eric Schmiedl will have its world premiere at the Denver Center Theatre January 25th through February 25th. Examples of Peter’s photos and text from the book will be displayed in the lobby of the theater during the run of the performances. There will also be a book signing of West of Last Chance at The Tattered Cover in LoDo March 7th.

While I was working at the Center for Documentary Studies, I had the opportunity to take a 4x5 workshop from Peter. Making photographs with a 4x5 camera forces you to slow down, look, and observe. There is no snap shot. I appreciated Peter sharing his thoughts and methods during the workshop.

On February 2, his work will be on display a the Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver. I am looking forward to saying hi to Peter again on Saturday.

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