Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River










Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River  features world-renowned photographer Karen Halverson. Halverson lives in the Northeast, but fell in love with the American West during a cross-country trip to Stanford University where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1963. She studied photography with Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz. Her photographs have been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Huntington Library and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Halverson’s panoramic views evoke historical and survey photography of the West by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and Carleton Watkins. They also juxtapose nature and culture in a way that honors both. In an essay for the book about Halverson’s Colorado River photographs, William Deverell writes:

…the Colorado River carries the stories of the past through the American West. Glimpses of that past lie at the edges and in the shadows of Karen Halverson’s photographs: it is exciting to look at these pictures as ways to open up conversations with, and about, history.