David Benjamin Sherry: American Monuments

Bill McKibben (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) David Sherry (Artist)
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A vivid portrait of the assault on America's parks and forests

David Benjamin Sherry: American Monuments is a landscape photography project that captures the spirit and intrinsic value of America's threatened system of national monuments. In April 2017 an executive order called for the review of the 27 national monuments created since January 1996. In December 2017 the final report called on the president to shrink four national monuments and change the management of six others, recommending that areas in Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans be offered for sale, specifically for oil drilling and coal and uranium mining. American Monuments focuses on the areas under review, with special emphasis on those that have already been decimated. Sherry documents these pristine, sacred and wildly diverse areas using the traditional, historic 8x10 large format. The resulting 31 photographs--all tipped in to the book by hand--not only convey the beauty of these important and ecologically diverse sites, but also shed light upon the plight of the perennially exploited landscape of the American West.

American photographer David Benjamin Sherry (born 1981) specializes in large-format film photography made with meticulous attention to analog photographic processes. Sherry's use of vibrant monochrome color began while studying for his MFA at Yale. Working closely with master printer and photographer Richard Benson, Sherry discovered that, through analog printing techniques, he could manipulate color film to chromatic extremes. For Sherry, the vibrant colors he incorporates into the work are a conduit for his intense, sometimes mystical connections to the natural world and reflect his own queer experience of traversing the American West.

Product Details

$75.00  $69.00
Radius Books
Publish Date
July 14, 2020
11.4 X 1.2 X 13.0 inches | 3.55 pounds

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About the Author

Bill McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (Henry Holt, 2010), Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Henry Holt, 2007), Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape: Vermont Champlain Valley and New York Adirondacks (Crown Journeys, 2005), and The End of Nature (Random House, 1989). McKibben was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and Thomas Merton Prize, in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the "alternative Nobel Prize," and was named by Foreign Policy in its inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers and by The Boston Globe as "probably America's most important environmentalist."
Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks; Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds, among other books. Her work is widely taught and anthologized around the world. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School and divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Castle Valley, Utah.


Sherry presents the viewer with an opportunity to contemplate the deep connections we have with our planet - what is seen on the surface verses what is hidden below. The viewer is left to contemplate where the truth lies.--Linda Alterwitz "Lenscratch"