Laura McPhee Photographs of the American West
Photographs created by Laura McPhee that document sites in the American West, 2008-2013, including landscapes and communities in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. The collection consists of 23 chromogenic color prints, 44 x 56 cm, including two pairs of prints presented as diptychs, as well as a single print measuring 51 x 61 cm. The collection also includes a portrait of her daughter, Isobel McPhee, created in Nevada.
Photographs of Arizona in 2012 include views of the former open pit copper and turquoise mine operated by the Phelps Dodge Corporation at Lavender Pit in Bisbee and a view of the Ray Mine Project, a copper mine in Pinal County.
Photographs of Idaho, 2007-2013, include discrete views of the Silver City and the Meadow Creek Wind Farm in Ririe as well as sites along the Big Wood River and Salmon River. Two prints document the aftermath of a forest fire at the White Cloud Peaks.
A diptych of photographs of Nevada in 2012 documents the Smoke Creek Desert with the railway of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
Photographs of Utah, 2010-2011, include discrete views of Burr Creek in Long Canyon and Lime Creek in Valley of the Gods as well as views of electric lines along the Book Cliffs, the interior of a store in the ghost town of Mutual, and tanker railcars on a railroad siding at the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) project site in Crescent Junction.
Photographs of Wyoming in 2013 include views of natural gas wells in the Wind River Basin, an abandoned automobile service station in Green River, and the Kemmerer Mine coal strip mining complex in Lincoln County as well as images of Scotty Lake in Sweetwater County and the Worthen Meadow Reservoir in Shoshone National Forest.
Manuscript inscriptions of titles and dates by the photographer on versos of most prints.
- 2008 - 2013
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Laura McPhee on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2014 and 2017, and gift of Laura McPhee, 2014 and 2018.
Organized into five series: I. Photographs of Arizona, 2012. II. Photographs of Idaho, 2007-2013. III. Photographs of Nevada, 2012. IV. Photographs of Utah, 2010-2011. V. Photographs of Wyoming, 2013.
4.1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Photographs created by Laura McPhee that document sites in the American West, 2008-2013, including landscapes and communities in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.
Laura McPhee (born 1958)
Laura McPhee is a photographer. Born in New York City and raised in central New Jersey, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Princeton University in 1980, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Her work, which ranges from portrait to landscape to still life, is widely exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 1986 and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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- Arizona -- Pictorial works
- Big Wood River (Idaho) -- Pictorial works
- Bisbee (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
- Book Cliffs (Utah and Colo.) -- Pictorial works
- Burr Creek (Utah) -- Pictorial works
- Chromogenic color prints
- Coal mines and mining -- Arizona -- Pinal County -- Pictorial works
- Copper mines and mining -- Arizona -- Bisbee -- Pictorial works
- Crescent Junction (Utah) -- Pictorial works
- Electric lines -- Utah -- Pictorial works
- Gas wells -- Wyoming -- Wind River Basin -- Pictorial works
- Green River (Wyo.) -- Pictorial works
- Idaho -- Pictorial works
- Lavender Open Pit Mine (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
- Lime Creek (Utah) -- Pictorial works
- Lincoln County (Wyo.) -- Pictorial works
- Long Canyon (Utah) -- Pictorial works
- McPhee, Isobel -- Portraits
- McPhee, Laura
- Mutual (Utah) -- Pictorial works
- Nevada -- Pictorial works
- Phelps Dodge Corporation -- Pictorial works
- Pinal County (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
- Ray Mine Project -- Pictorial works
- Ririe (Idaho) -- Pictorial works
- Salmon River (Idaho) -- Pictorial works
- Scotty Lake (Wyo.) -- Pictorial works
- Service stations -- Wyoming -- Green River -- Pictorial works
- Shoshone National Forest (Wyo.) -- Pictorial works
- Silver City (Idaho) -- Pictorial works
- Smoke Creek Desert (Nev.) -- Pictorial works
- Southern Pacific Railroad Company -- Pictorial works
- Strip mining -- Arizona -- Bisbee -- Pictorial works
- Strip mining -- Wyoming -- Lincoln County -- Pictorial works
- Sweetwater County (Wyo.) -- Pictorial works
- Turquoise mines and mining -- Arizona -- Bisbee -- Pictorial works
- Utah -- Pictorial works
- Valley of the Gods (Utah) -- Pictorial works
- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- White Cloud Peaks (Idaho) -- Pictorial works
- Wind River Basin (Wyo.) -- Pictorial works
- Worthen Meadow Reservoir (Wyo.) -- Pictorial works
- Wyoming -- Pictorial works
- Guide to the Laura McPhee Photographs of the American West
- In Progress
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- May 2018
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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