Marfa Flights

by Chaplo, Paul; preface by T. Lindsay Baker


Take an unforgettable sky excursion over Big Bend with photographer Paul Chaplo as he captures the shapes, textures, and colors of the craggy, weathered landforms people usually see only from the ground—and some places no photographer has gone before. Flying from Marfa, and hanging precariously from the open door of an aircraft, Chaplo shares a hawk's eye view of a fiercely beautiful region, revealing the stark and magnificent landscapes carved by the force of eons of wind and water on the arid, mountainous country along the Rio Grande.

Marfa Flights includes an introduction by longtime director of the Museum of the Big Bend, Lawrence John Francell, which traces the history of aerial photography in Big Bend, from air patrols during the Mexican Revolution to W. D. Smithers’ army flyovers, to the helicopter flights after the recent Rock House fire. He also reminds us that this unique view of the land, where water is disappearing at the same time more and more humans arrive, serves as both art and documentation, a record of a changing landscape in an increasingly fragile environment.

Texas A&M University Press, 192 pages (10x10", 121 color photographs, map)
Available in soft cover


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