Powerful images of the American Southwest

Jim at Heard webFor more than a century and a half, some of the world’s best photographers focused their lenses on Arizona. In addition to the renowned Edward S. Curtis, Kate Cory lived with the Hopi and represented them in photographs and on canvas, while C. S. Fly gave us the famous Geronimo pictures.

In the 20th century, Josef Muench’s pictures brought the movies to Monument Valley, Dorothea Lange captured Dust Bowl families, Barry Goldwater depicted Navajo and Hopi culture, and Ansel Adams glorified Arizona’s skies, canyons, and mesas. At 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, Jim Turner brings the work of those and more photographers to PebbleCreek in a presentation with powerful images that make the land and its people come alive.

Canyon de Chelly Navaho 1904 Archival PrintsTurner's latest book is entitled Four Corners: Wonders of the American Southwest. Anne Hillerman, Tony Hillerman's daughter and an excellent writer, as well, said Turner's new book is "destined to become a classic." 

Turner earned his master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Arizona. He retired as historian for the Arizona Historical Society in 2009 to write Arizona: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon State. A souvenir pictorial book, The Mighty Colorado River from the Glaciers to the Gulf is one of "True West" magazine’s top travel books of the year. His latest book, Four Corners: Wonders of the American Southwest, will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Turner has been an Arizona historian since 1976 and is now an author and editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers in Tucson.

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $5 at the door of the Renaissance Theater. 

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Suggested books:

  • Geronimo's Surrender: The 1886 C.S. Fly Photographs by Jay van Orden, Arizona Historical Society, 1991.·       
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan, Mariner Books reprint, 2012.
  • Delightful Journey. Down the Green & Colorado Rivers by Barry M. Goldwater, Arizona Historical Foundation, 1970.  
  • “The Buehmans of Tucson: A Family Tradition in Arizona Photography” The Journal of Arizona History, Autumn, 1989) by Evelyn S. Cooper, Arizona Historical Society.
  • “Kate Thomson Cory: Artist in Hopiland” The Journal of Arizona History, Spring, 2002 by Tricia Loscher, Arizona Historical Society.
  •  Rainbow Bridge to Monument Valley: Making the Modern Old West by Thomas J. Harvey, University of Oklahoma, 2012.