Opening and Book Release Party Scheduled for Gila River Festival September 13
Guggenheim Fellow landscape photographer Michael Berman will release his newest book of photography, Gila: Radical Visions / The Enduring Silence during this year’s Gila River Festival at an opening reception and book release party scheduled for September 13 from 4 – 7 pm at Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City.
Berman’s black-and white photographs of the Gila Wilderness offer a wordless exploration into this complex and subtle landscape. For more than thirty years, he has explored the vast Gila, fascinated by the land and how people use and value it. He has wandered deep into the forest with his large-format camera, searching for the untrammeled and solitary ecosystems, allowing the Gila to reveal itself. The untouched specialness of the Gila is captured in Berman’s photographs and explored in fifteen essays by noted writers, natural historians, and environmentalists.
A former Guggenheim fellow and 2012 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Berman’s works have been exhibited throughout the country and are in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum. He lives in the Mimbres Valley, bordering the Gila Wilderness.
Essayists in Gila: Radical Visions / The Enduring Silence include Charles Bowden, Dave Foreman, Sharman Apt Russell, Philip Connors, Patrick Toomay, M.H. Dutch Salmon, Victor Masayesva, Alejandro Muñoz, Martha Schumann Cooper, Mary Katherine Ray, Rex Johnson, Jorge Garcia, John Horning, Guy McPherson, and Mary Ann Redding.
A selection of Berman’s photographs from the book will be displayed at Bear Mountain Lodge during the opening reception September 13, 4 – 7pm. Autographed copies of his two-volume slip-cased edition will be available for purchase, and all proceeds from book sales will benefit the Gila Conservation Coalition’s advocacy for a free-flowing Gila River. Enjoy refreshments provided by Bear Mountain Lodge.