Award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian’s (BFA 1979) new book, The Light of Days Gone By, was 45 years in the making. It celebrates with stunning imagery the journey of a photographer and the beautiful light he has witnessed and captured along the way. The Light of Days Gone By is a testament to Varjabedian’s vision and many years of hard work and will appeal to anyone who appreciates fine photography.
Varjabedian’s photographs from the magnificent red hills of Ghost Ranch and gleaming white dunes of White Sands to more faraway places — from strong Native Americans to weathered cowboys and more — these expansive landscapes and intimate portraits are all presented in this beautifully printed book.
The 48 color and black & white photographs were carefully curated by Varjabedian’s long time studio director Cindy Lane, to not only share the breadth of this photographer’s career but also to reveal relationships between individual images and from the themes he has explored over the years. Complementing the images are two essays. Cindy Lane provides insight into the photographer’s artistic vision and Myra Bullington looks at the importance of photographs to memory and also shares an appreciation for the photographer and his work.
The book is being launched September 15, 2020 to coincide with a virtual exhibition at Converge Las Cruces Fine Art of a selection of the images from the book. The book is available at the studio shoppe at www.craigvarjabedian.com or Amazon.com and the hardcover book retails for $34.95.
Museum curator Catherine Whitney has written that “Craig Varjabedian’s photography captures, with arresting clarity, the ineffable whispers of time and spirit layered deep in New Mexico’s cultural landscape. Through the artful combination of his compassionate eye and technical virtuosity, he evokes the past in the present and the holy in the everyday.”
Craig Varjabedian is a photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the unique and quintessential. 45 years behind the camera, 14 books, 42 museum exhibitions and hundreds of fine art photographic prints all comprise a rich and rewarding career. His images share awe-inspiring stories of the land and the people who live on it — one photograph at a time.
Craig Varjabedian Photography