Art Uncovered - Victoria Sambunaris

Premiere DateMay 20, 2014
00:00 Intro
02:18 Influences
06:38 American Dream
08:41 Alaska
14:01 I 80
18:29 Being Alone
21:44 Talking to Strangers
25:22 Artifacts
28:46 The Border
32:36 Next Trip
34:35 Finish

Untitled (Alaskan Pipeline at Atigun Pass) Brooks Range, Alaska, 2003

Landscape photographer Victoria Sambunaris has logged tens of thousands of miles and gone through five cars in her travels across the American landscape.  A collection of these photographs is being published this spring by Radius Books in a new book called Taxonomy of a Landscape.

The photographs in the book illustrate how natural and man-made forces shape the land and how these forces coexist. For example: we see freight trains dwarfed by vast swaths of Texas desert,  an oil pipeline dwarfed by the Alaskan wilderness. There are images of massive open-pit mineral mines as well as vistas of  breathtaking rock formations and geysers in Yellowstone National Park. In one image, the U.S. Mexico border is rendered as a thin black line cutting through otherwise uninterrupted desert.  In another,  a  beautiful lake turns out to be a massive deposit of uranium waste.

Last week I met up with Victoria Sambunaris to talk about her new book, her life on the road and why landscape photographers are more outgoing than portrait photographers.

Untitled (Houses) Wendover, Utah, 2007

Untitled (Copper Mine) Bingham Canyon, Utah, 2002

Untitled (Red Containers Wet Ground), Fort Worth, TX 2000

Untitled (White Trains on Salt Flats, I-80) Great Salt Lake Desert Utah, 2002

Untitled (Distant Steam Vents) Yellowstone National Park, 2008

Untitled (Border Fence) Near Naco, Arizona, 2010


Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…