Introduction by Roddy MacInnes, interview by Blake Milteer, and essays by John Nichols and Sparks, with an afterword by Sparks Susan Zwinger
12x12” hardcover; 104 pages; 60 black and white plates
Distributed by University of NM Press
Barbara Sparks’ passion for photography began in 1959, during college, when she took an art tour of Europe. On that trip, her fascination deepened when a man—whom she would later marry—gave her Edward Steichen’s book The Family of Man. Since then, she has traveled to such far-flung destinations as the Cappadocia region of Turkey; the Kali Gandaki River in Nepal; Mayan villages of Guatemala; and the dusty, light-filled hill towns of Italy. A passionate naturalist, Sparks has also turned her camera on Colorado and New Mexico, revealing her fine-tuned and sensitive eye for light and people. A constant theme of indigenous cultures runs through this book. With a ringing clarity, Sparks focuses on definitive landscapes and how man assimilates.
Sparks has collaborated on three books: Aspen, Blazon of the High Country with Ann Zwinger; Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains with Tom Wolf; and Spanish Peaks: Land Legends with Conger Beasley. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions, and added to the permanent collections of the Harwood Museum, Millicent Rogers Museum, The Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.