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Carson and Colorado #2, 1995
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Mark Ruwedel’s Westward the Course of Empire is a book that needs to be seen.
*The grades, cuts, tunnels, and trestles depicted in Ruwedel’s photographs speak to a past triumph of technology over what was often perceived as hostile terrain, as well as to the desire and struggle to create wealth and power from the land. Long abandoned (and in some cases never completed), the railroads also evoke the futility of the enterprise. This book is thus a sublime yet restrained elegy to the land and to the follies and wonders of human ambition.
© Mark Ruwedel
* excerpt from Yale University Press preview