Photographing in the Clouds, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, 2008 Photograph ©Cindy L. Lane
Forty years . . . it’s a long time. The year was 1974 and as I think about it, it was a momentous time for me. It was the year I sold my first photograph. So many sunrises and sunsets I have witnessed and photographed since then. So many faces I have focused my lens on. It has been quite an adventure.
Gratefully the journey is far from over. Currently the indescribable beauty of White Sands National Monument calls me to explore its wonders with my camera. New photographs, new books and new exhibitions are on my horizon. I look forward to them all with eager anticipation.
So in 2014 I celebrate forty years behind the lens. And to me, I believe, this is quite a milestone. Cindy Lane, my business partner (and Supervisor of Karmic Activity) decided to mark the occasion with a chapbook titled Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words. The book presents a selection my photographs along with excerpts from essays, notes and other writings about my pictures from people I have known and sometimes collaborated; all favorites chosen with care by Cindy.
Here’s the press release Cindy sent out today:
DATELINE SANTA FE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian celebrates a career milestone.
The summer of 2014 marks Craig Varjabedian’s fortieth year as a professional photographer. A variety of personal appearances and projects including talks, workshops, and a new book, Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words, will showcase Varjabedian’s position as a premier fine art photographer of the American West.
“The remarkable photographs by Craig Varjabedian are not only beautiful but also extremely valuable documents of architecture, culture, and lifestyle,” wrote the late Beaumont Newhall, preeminent twentieth-century photographic historian and author of History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present. Varjabedian is well known for his eloquent photographs and his engaging story telling about his images and his illustrious career,—from selling his first photograph to an accidental meeting with Ansel Adams as a youth to receiving two National Endowment for the Arts grants and winning a television Emmy award. The fortieth celebratory events include retrospective exhibitions, artist talks, and a new limited edition publication, Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words, all which showcase Varjabedian’s talent behind the lens. To learn more about upcoming events visit “News” at www.craigvarjabedian.com
Varjabedian’s photographs have been published in five large-format books. including Landscape Dreams: A New Mexico Portrait that won Best Art Book from the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. His newest book, Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words, includes a selection of the best of his pictures, chosen and presented by Cindy L. Lane, who has managed the photographer’s studio for more than twenty-five years. “As I have worked with Craig’s photographs, preparing them for exhibit or publication, I have fallen in love with so many of them,” said Lane. “Looking at these images,” I find myself reliving incredible moments that I can experience through the eyes of the photographer.”
Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words is published by Eloquent Light Editions, 903 West Alameda Street #115, Santa Fe, NM 87501. The photographs are accompanied by excerpts about Varjabedian’s work from award-winning writers, critics, and collaborators. Among these authors are National Public Radio commentator Claire O’Neill and New York Times best-selling author Hampton Sides. Also included are Varjabedian’s statements about his own photographs, which range from powerful landscapes to intimate portraits of people and animals.
You can purchase your own copy of the limited edition Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words from Blurb.com.