Review of "The Memory of Stone: Meditations on the Canyons of the West"

Photographs from Utah’s Monument Valley to the Petrified Forest.

 

The Memory of Stone: Meditations on the Canyons of the West
Erv Schroeder
104 pages, Hardcover:­
$34.95
University of New Mexico Press, 2014.

When landscape photographer Erv Schroeder set out to capture the canyons and rock formations of the West, he felt a kind of “immense, majestic music” echoing in the stones he saw. His book, The Memory of Stone, takes readers on a visual tour of the Colorado Plateau’s “sonic landscapes” — from Utah’s Monument Valley to the Petrified Forest. With a foreword by Bill McKibben, an introduction by geologist Marcia Bjornerud and evocative poetry by Native American writers including Simon J. Ortiz and Natanya Ann Pulley, Schroeder’s black-and-white photographs offer a surprisingly intimate portrait of these otherworldly places — a landscape continuously created by what Bjornerud describes as “a never-satisfied team of sculptors: water, ice, and wind in artistic collaboration with gravity.”