Poetry in America, Episode 10 | The Gray Heron

How is the poet’s eye like–or unlike–that of the scientist, the photographer, or of the small child first rambling around the natural world? In this environmentally-themed, visually splendid episode, Elisa New is joined by evolutionary biologist E.O Wilson, poet Robert Hass, environmental photographer Laura McPhee, naturalist Joel Wagner, and kids at a Mass Audubon Society summer camp on Cape Cod in a wide ranging discussion of Galway Kinnell’s “The Gray Heron.” Kinnell’s brief glimpse of a heron delivers us back into the history of science and the history of photography–but into humor and error, magic and wonder, as well.


The Artist Project | Metropolitan Museum of Art

Laura McPhee on Pieter Bruegel the Elder's The Harvesters— "To have this whole symphony occurring in one image, that's fantastic." The Artist Project is an online series in which artists respond to works of art in The Met's encyclopedic collection.


Laura McPhee | The Art of Life

Laura McPhee speaks about her monumental-sized photographs of the land and people of rural Idaho. McPhee has photographed the shifting boundaries between landscape and culture all over the world; this body of work explores a community’s ideas about land use and human interchange with the natural world.