A fascination for the American West has exercised a profound attraction for artists and photographers for over two centuries. Ansel Adams’ work in particular is regarded as part of a tradition of Western American photography that began in the late 19th century and included the works of Carleton Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge and Edward Curtis; Curtis spent 30 years on an ambitious photo-anthropological exercise documenting 80 Native American tribes west of the Mississippi. With such obsession has grown much fascination with the region’s spectacular nature and wildness.
Whilst working on a major book on American Artists and their Studios in 2012, Maryam Eisler fell in love with the rugged and majestic landscape of New Mexico. She later returned, camera in hand, hoping to capture some of the regions magic and spirituality. It was here that her first series of photographs, Searching for Eve in the American West, was born.
Winner – Best Exhibition Catalogue 2017
British Book Awards
Published by Struktur Editions
First published in 2017
Flexi-cover / Swiss bound
395 x 260 mm
34 colour photographs
Photographer & Author: Maryam Eisler
Essay by Anthony Downey