The Black Rock Desert is a brief, elegant visual and verbal meditation on one of the West’s most mysterious landscapes. Fox, the author of several books about the arid West, and Klett, a respected landscape photographer, bring this odd part of the world to life in a few dozen pages and some well-chosen moments. One night, freshly arrived at camp, they spend long minutes wandering around with their eyes closed. They know they can walk in circles indefinitely without fear of tripping; in the Black Rock, there’s precious little to stumble on.
The Black Rock Desert, William L. Fox, with photographs by Mark Klett, University of Arizona Press, 2002. 90 pages, 15 black-and-white photographs. Softcover, 6 inches by 7 inches: $13.95.