Mark Ruwedel: Pictures of Hell (Signed)
Devils Canyon, Hells Half Acre, Dirty Devil River: photographer Mark Ruwedel visited all of these places and more, while creating the series Pictures of Hell. This book is the culmination of the journey he began in 1995, and brings together virtually every photographic image in the artist s brilliant interpretation of the American West. This interpretation focuses on sites and places with the word hell or devil or some variation thereof in their names.
Place names evoking Satan and his dominion were imposed on the arid Western landscape by Euro-American explorers and settlers, who considered it desolate wilderness, cursed, populated with heathens and demons. By naming them, Euro-Americans symbolically took possession of these sites, denying the existence of indigenous cultures. These place names may also suggest the frustrations or whimsical humor of the nominators.
Title: Pictures of Hell
Publisher: RAM, 2014
Author: Mark Ruwedel
Photographer: Mark Ruwedel
Graphic Design: -
Size: 31 x 25 cm, 352 pages