October 17, 2012

British & Irish Landscape Portraits, a collaboration between Dallas photographer Sarah Carson ’60 and Jeremy duQuesnay Adams, professor of history at SMU, captures unique views of both urban and rural settings and provides thoughtful context for the images.

“Working with Dr. Adams to complete our Landscape Portraits has yielded a book that I think both of us are extremely proud of,” says Carson, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from SMU and began practicing serious fine art photography in 1982.

Carson’s 132 color and black-and-white photographs in the coffee table book cover a range of themes, while Adams’ commentary explores the meaning of the term “landscape” and discusses the historic and human influences on the world as seen  through Carson’s lens.

The book includes historic landscapes, such as Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. In a chapter titled “The Landscape Makers: Human Landscapes,” Carson documents the impact people have had on their environments. The photos range from King’s College Chapel in Cambridge to pigs in a Cornish barnyard. The book closes with “London Town: The Cityscapes,” a selection of city views. Some are familiar, such as the Parliament building and Big Ben clock tower, and some, such as a bridegroom outside a municipal building, picture a decisive moment in time.

Carson’s work has been featured in major photography exhibitions in Dallas, New York City, Boston, Miami, New Orleans, Budapest, Hungary, and other cities. She has held photography workshops in Tuscany, Italy.

Her two previous books are Montestigliano, A Tuscan Farm and 50 Black/White Photo Images. Carson is now working on a project of images taken in Easter Europe, from glasnost to 2006.

British & Irish Landscape Portraits is available from Amazon.