We Walk in Beauty.
Native American Portraits and Words.
Photographed and compiled by Gary Auerbach. Foreword by Jennifer Brathovde.
Gary Auerbach, Tucson, 2005. 88 pp., 44 duotone illustrations,
With 26 interviews, representing 12 tribes of Native American People.
Hardcover version is limited to 300 signed and numbered copies.
'In the Smithsonian Institution's letter of appreciation found at the close of this book, the photographer Gary Auerbach is rightly praised for his artistry and mastery of his craft. Stunning and lush, rich in texture and vibrancy, and deftly composed, the alluring photographs presented here and in the limited edition of photogravures, reveal a compelling talent. But to me, the ultimate beauty of these images lies with Auerbach's subjects as well as his own gifted vision. The indigenous voice-an essential element notably absent in most images of Native Americans-is celebrated in this path-breaking, harmonic union of images and words.
'Breaking with the past, Auerbach is one of the first photographers to invite his subjects to participate as full partners in the collaborative process of making a photograph. This innovative book is the poignant and successful result of that collaboration. Working with Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'Odham), a distinguished professor of linguistics and recipient of the MacArthur Foundation award (the 'genius grant'), Auerbach crafted a series of interview questions for the photographic participants. I think you will agree with me that their responses, which are completely unedited, speak as loudly as the photographs.'
-from the foreword by Jennifer Brathovde