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Landscape Dreams, a New Mexico Portrait wins 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award

Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait wins 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award

So . . . I just returned from Albuquerque last evening after an afternoon making portraits of my friend Ole Guy and his pal Dr. Bob. I checked my e.mail for the last time before turning out the lights and very much to my surprise a message awaited informing me that my book Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait had won a prestigious New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

In this moment I find myself humbled and without words yet a line from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night crosses my mind, “I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks, and ever thanks . . .” I send this thank you out to the good jurors of the book award and to everyone who purchased a copy of the book.

And thanks as well to Jeanetta Calhoun Mish for her thoughtful essay about my photography that appears in the book and of course to my publisher the University of New Mexico Press.

– Craig Varjabedian