Author Archives: Hurley Media

The Long Ride Home: Black Cowboys in America

The only book to tell the story of the contemporary Black cowboy experience––and the only one to feature photographs––The Long Ride Home presents over 100 color and black-and-white images that convey the beauty, romance, and visual poetry of this way … Continue reading

Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt: Artworks and Letters by John Douglas Woodward, 1878–1879

This book is a beautiful and engaging presentation of drawings and letters by John Douglas Woodward (1846–1924), a prominent American artist/illustrator during the [1870s and 1880s. He was on assignment for New York publisher D. Appleton and Co. to make on-the-spot … Continue reading

The Devil’s Highway

With this haunting new collection of photographs, Joan Myers continues the decades-long journey she began in Where the Buffalo Roamed (with Lucy Lippard), documenting the changing landscape and culture of the American West. The images in this new collection are … Continue reading

Travels Across the Roof of the World: A Himalayan Memoir

TRAVELS ACROSS THE ROOF OF THE WORLD provides a sweeping yet intimate view of the breathtaking peaks, splendid valleys, and extraordinary people of this vast region, from the Pamir Mountains in Kyrgyzstan, through Afghanistan’s fabled Hindu Kush, the Karakoram in … Continue reading

Seasons of Ceremonies: Rites and Rituals in Mexico and Guatemala

“This remarkable collection of photographs and scholarship brings together the mystical with the visual in a mesmerizing blend. In Frej’s skilled hands, the magic of photography and of Mesoamerican ritual conspire to transport the reader, not with voyeuristic diversion but … Continue reading

The Other World: Animal Portraits

This stunning new collection of photographs by Brad Wilson is inspired by the notion of the “authentic encounter,” that is, allowing the animal to reveal itself to us rather than imposing our subjective notions on it or on the picture. … Continue reading

Maya Ruins Revisited: In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler

Winner of twelve awards, including: 2022 Independent Press Gold Award for Photography 2021 Foreword Indies Gold Award for Best Photography Book & Honorable Mention for Best Coffee Table Book Silver 2021 IPPY (Independent Publisher’s Award): Photography 15th Annual National Indie … Continue reading

A Country No More:
Rediscovering the Landscapes of John James Audubon

In 2010, when photographer Krista Elrick began traversing John James Audubon country in search of the birds the nineteenth-century American naturalist observed, painted, and wrote about, she encountered scarcely a sighting. Instead, she found the lushly forested watersheds and waterways … Continue reading

In the Buddha’s Light: The Temples of Luang Prabang

This engaging memoir takes the reader on a journey into the heart of one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful and enchanting small cities. Lush, exotic––and full of contradictions––Luang Prabang sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers … Continue reading

New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

Santa Fe and Taos were among the most important national and international art communities during the 1920s and 1930s; this book explores their similarities, differences, and connections. Legions of American and European artists found new beginnings in the physical and … Continue reading

On the Path of Marigolds:
Living Traditions of México’s Day of the Dead

Photographer Ann Murdy has been documenting the celebrations around Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) in México for more than 20 years. A native of Los Angeles, she first started collecting Chicano art in the 1990s, and was … Continue reading

Where the Buffalo Roamed: Images of the New West

In this latest collection of photographs, taken over the last forty-five years, Joan Myers turns her lens to the contemporary American West. In so doing, she turns our conception of western landscapes and the life contained within them upside down, … Continue reading

Fire Ghosts

In the summer of 2011, in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, a falling power line sparked a wildfire that burned 158,753 acres of forest. From their home in Santa Fe, 30 air miles southeast, photographers Patricia Galagan and Philip … Continue reading

Florida’s Changing Waters: A Beautiful World in Peril

Lynne Buchanan began photographing rivers to create artistic records of her connection with water and the lessons she learned from rivers about being in the present moment and aligning with the flow of life. The more time she spent photographing … Continue reading

1930: Manhattan to Managua, North America’s First Transnational Automobile Trip

Imagine setting out on a road trip in a 1929 Ford Model A Roadster, with the stated goal of traveling from Manhattan to Mexico and Central America, after only a week’s worth of preparation. This is exactly what brothers Arthur … Continue reading

Paul Pletka: Imagined Wests

Finalist for the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards! Born in San Diego in 1946 and raised in the American Southwest, painter Paul Pletka has created a body of work that owes much to the West of his childhood, and more … Continue reading

BORDERLESS: The Art of Luis Tapia

Sculptor Luis Tapia is a pioneering Chicano artist who for forty-five years has pushed the art of polychrome wood sculpture to new levels of craftsmanship and social and political commentary. Tapia’s insightful, accessible, sometimes controversial, and often humorous pieces reflect contemporary Hispano/Chicano … Continue reading


In The Persephones, internationally known poet Nathaniel Tarn and photographer Joan Myers have collaborated on an elegant re-telling of the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades into the Underworld. First published in 1974, and again in 2009 in a limited, collector’s … Continue reading


Steve Fitch has photographed examples of “vanishing vernacular architecture,” both ancient (petroglyphs) and modern (neon motel signs, drive-in movie theatre screens, and radio towers throughout the West) for the last forty-five years. Interestingly, as he points out in his essay … Continue reading

TIDAL RHYTHMS: Change and Resilience at the Edge of the Sea

Tidal Rhythms: Change and Resilience at the Edge of the Sea is a collaborative effort by photographer Stephen Strom and award-winning essayist Barbara Hurd. Strom’s images, taken along beaches in the Gulf of California and the Northern California and Oregon … Continue reading

THE ARTISTIC ODYSSEY OF HIGINIO V. GONZALES: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico

Higinio V. Gonzales (1842-1921) was more than a gifted metalworker. A man of varied talents whose poems and songs complement his work in punched tin, Gonzales transcends categorization.  In this book, Maurice M. Dixon, Jr., who has spent more than … Continue reading


Though Jessica Todd Harper uses a camera rather than a paintbrush, the viewer quickly senses in her images the familiar canvases of Sargent, Whistler and Vermeer. Harper’s naturalistic images pause or recreate real life for the camera; the play between … Continue reading


How does a photographer learn to see? How does he create his own visual language—as unique as a fingerprint and as inimitable as the voice of a great writer? In Iluminaciones, Jack Parsons’s seventeenth book, he takes the viewer on … Continue reading

HONORING THE DOUGHBOYS: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary

Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary is a stunning presentation of contemporary photographs taken by the author paired with diary entries written by his grandfather, George A. Carlson, who was a soldier in the U.S. Army during … Continue reading

HIP HOP: Portraits of an Urban Hymn

Since its inception in the 1970s, hip hop music and the culture surrounding it has become a hugely influential and popular musical form in America and around the world.  Its popularity extends beyond the urban centers where it was born, … Continue reading

THE WORK OF ART: Folk Artists in the 21st Century

The Work of Art examines the role of folk artists in the twenty-first century, recognizing their power as creative and socially responsible champions for global change, connection, and cultural sustainability. Through interviews with folk artists from Mali to Madagascar to … Continue reading

RECONSTRUCTING THE VIEW: The Grand Canyon Photography of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

Reconstructing the View, a four-year photographic project exploring the Grand Canyon, dramatically expands on Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe’s previous collaborations, resulting in a diverse body of work distinguished by its diversity, sense of humor, and power. Calling on a … Continue reading

The Lost Christmas Gift Book-Signing & Exhibition Opening

In conjunction with the recent release of his new book, The Lost Christmas Gift, Andrew Beckham will do a book-signing at Collected Works in Santa Fe. The following day, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art will host an exhibition opening of the images and … Continue reading


Sixty years after his father left to be a mapmaker in the war in Europe, Emerson Johansson received a package that had been lost in the mail for decades. An exquisite book, lovingly handmade by his father, details an extraordinary … Continue reading

Reconstructing the View featured on photo-eye’s A Book A Day

RECONSTRUCTING THE VIEW: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe is featured on photo-eye’s Bookstore homepage today as the Book A Day for Friday, October 26, 2012. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

What would happen if Publishers banded together and “just said no” to Amazon?

Below is a post I made on the blog for Publisher’s Weekly about an article they wrote recently. Read the article here – then, my comments are below. What would happen if publishers–especially the major houses–banded together and “just said … Continue reading

How to Prepare an Artist Statement

How to Prepare an Artist Statement  by Kate Ware and Joanna Hurley CENTER’s Portfolio Bootcamp, 9-24-11 Before you can write a cogent artist statement, you have to have a really well-thought-out body of work.  So first we are going to … Continue reading


All books in the Selected Backlist have been produced, agented, and/or marketed by HurleyMedia.

Mexican Churches


The Theater of Insects

Yosemite In Time

Honky Tonk