Taos: Land People Spirit, the photography of Barbara Sparks

Taos Land People Spirit the photography of Barbara Sparks

Hardcover, 104 pages, 60 black and white images

Written by David L. Witt

Essays by Trudy Healy and Jonathan Warm Day Coming
Published June 2014

$45 (SOLD OUT)

On the auspicious 100 year anniversary of the founding of the Taos Art Colony, photographer Barbara Sparks has compiled a compelling insider’s collection of works taken over her years as a visitor and resident of one of New Mexico’s most magical places. Capturing the truly breathtaking diversity of the land from its dramatic rift to the beloved mountains said to hold the spirits of the ancients, to the churches and the Pueblo, and to the people who live in harmony, working the land, creating art and keeping the stories of their vast heritage alive.

Accompanying Spark’s ethereal photographs are the writings of David L. Witt, prominent art historian, former long-time curator of the Harwood Museum, and authority on the Taos Moderns, the masterful group of contemporary painters, sculptors, potters, carvers and photographers who contributed to the national movement of art. Along with Witt’s essay is the personal writing of one of Taos’ most important gallerist and activists working towards a balance in water and land rights, as well as improved ranching methodologies, Trudy Healy. The writings of Jonathan Warm Day Coming, whose delightful memories of growing up on the Pueblo, add shades of rich color to the entire book. And, an enchanting essay by Sparks brings her personal story to life from her first encounter with the place she came to call her second home to her numerous encounters with the many colorful personalities of the town. Through words and pictures she shares how this amazing place crept into her heart and has, after some thirty years, refused to let go.

Writer, historian, photographer, and life-long environmentalist/naturalist David L. Witt is the author of several award winning art history books, holder of degrees in political science and systems philosophy, founder of the New Mexico Art History Conference, participant in two Arctic tundra expeditions, former curator of the Harwood Museum of Art (Taos) and is currently Seton Legacy Project Curator at the Academy for the Love of Learning (Santa Fe).

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