ANDREW MOORE: DIRT MERIDIAN contains images of people and landscape of the great American desert, which roughly includes the area west of the 100th meridian to the Rocky Mountains, from Texas north to Canada. Moore spent nine years in this area, one of the most sparsely populated regions in the country, where daily reality is often defined by drought and hardship.
To make many of the photographs, Moore collaborated with Doug Dean, the pilot of a single-engine aircraft, to create bird’s-eye perspectives revealing the vastness of the land. Rather than flying high above the plains, Moore chose perspectives that have the sense of being within the landscape rather than above it. From above, the land is like one endless, unpunctuated idea — sand, tumbleweed, turkey, bunch stem, buffalo, meadow, cow, rick of hay, creek, sunflower, sand — and only rarely did a house or a windmill or a barn suddenly appear to suspend the sense of limitlessness. On the ground, Moore photographed the people who inhabit this unforgiving landscape and the evidence of their efforts, from active homesteads to abandoned schoolhouses.
THIS COPY (shown below) was signed on the title page by Andrew Moore at The Alabama Booksmith. It is a new, unread first edition opened only for signing. Published in September 2015 by Damiani.
ANDREW MOORE (pictured below from our Wall of Fame) is one of America’s great photographers whose work hangs in many important museums around the country. He has been awarded a Guggenheim and one of his films won a prize at Sundance. Thank you Andrew Moore for signing our books.