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Laura McPhee

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Photographer Laura McPhee is noted for her stunning large-scale landscapes and portraits of the people who live and work in them.  She is currently working in the desert west of the United States where she is chronicling visual stories about time, both geologic and human. A serpentine river cuts deep incisions in the land over ages. A gold mine on the edge of the Black Rock Desert has the earth slashed open and its ruddy interior revealed.  A still-life found at the edge of an alkali flat reveals intricate details of daily life—a tiny plastic toy among shards of glass and rust, a penny, machine parts, and desert varnished tin cans.  All contemplate the unintended consequences of humanity’s attempts to control and manage nature and how we use the earth and to what ends.   A meditation on our material lives, the images depict our paradoxical approaches as we at once protect, alter, and extract from the land.

Awards and Grants

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Faculty Fellowship

2014, 2009

Van Alen Institute (Commission)

New York, 2008/9

Camargo Foundation (Residency)

Cassis France, 2007

Peter Reed Foundation Grant


Alturas Foundation (Commission)


Fulbright Scholars' Fellowship to India and Sri Lanka


New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship


MacDowell Artists Colony


Polaroid Artists Support Grant, Polaroid Corporation

1991, 1990, 1988

New Jersey Council for the Arts Grant


Page Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Visual Arts, Princeton University