Few have been more dedicated to tracing the past, present, and future of the American West than Peter Goin, whose photographs reveal our place in the landscape with a concerned and knowing eye. Yet never has his work felt more apocalyptic—Lake Powell, where we water-skied while Rome burned, offers a most fitting backdrop for our dire future. This is a sobering volume, and more than ever I feel I am looking at an elegy for the West.
—Toby Jurovics, Chief Curator and Holland Curator of American Western Art, Joslyn Art Museum
The desert Southwest is a land of consummate paradox, and Lake Powell is, in a sense, the epicenter of paradox, disturbing and beautiful, inhumanly vast and yet vulnerable to anthropogenic impacts. A New Form of Beauty is an act of both grieving and celebration. Like the place it explores, this work is sublimely unsettling.
—Scott Slovic, coeditor of Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data