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Philip Metcalf is a landscape photographer who creates black-and-white infrared images. His passion is to interpret nature, both pristine and altered by man, especially in the American Southwest. Increasingly, environmental concerns influence his work. In 2015, he was an artist-in-residence at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico with his wife, Patricia Galagan. His work has been shown at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the San Diego Art Institute and is included in the photo archives of the New Mexico History Museum. Patricia Galagan is a fine-art photographer based in Santa Fe whose work often concerns the aftermath of upheaval in the landscape. Her work has been shown at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Fototeca de Cuba in Havana, and Fotografika Gallaery in Switzerland, and Photollucida awarded her a solo show at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, in 2014 Craig Allen, Ph.D., is a research ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, specializing in ecosystem dynamics. He is the author of ninety-seven research publications, many about tree mortality, climate-change-related drought and stress in the landscape, and ecosystems in the mountain West. William deBuys is a conservationist and the author of eight books, including A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest (Oxford, 2011) and, with Alex Harris, River of Traps: A New Mexico Mountain Life (New Mexico, 1990), a finalist for the Pulitzer Price in general non-fiction Katherine Ware is Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, where she organized the exhibition and book Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2011). She previously served as a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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"Fire Ghosts is a thoughtful and insightful look at the aftermath of a wildfire. Though we may tend to view such events as "destructive," in reality, wildfires just change the landscape. The photos by Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan are a testimony to the rejuvenating powers of Nature. More than that, these stunning images, reminiscent of Ansel Adam's best work, capture the subtle and special beauty that comes to a forest restored to its simplest elements, and help us all to appreciate the regenerative processes that maintain our ecosystems."--George Wuerthner, author of Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy
"Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan's Fire Ghosts is an ambitious and impressive book. The ambition is in the belief that two artists could combine their distinct sensibilities and visual styles to create one compelling narrative on a subject of timeless significance--the fiery death and sublime rebirth of a beloved American landscape. The impressive part is that they succeeded. When, in the future, visual artists consider collaborating, this is the book they will look to for inspiration."--Sam Abell, photographer
"Tracing fire history through scars is an old practice. But these photos record fires that scarred not just trees but the spirit. Like its images of tiny shoots amid looming boles the book also speaks to a long, uncertain process of change that may or may not be healing. A gripping poster for the Pyrocene."--Stephen J. Pyne, author of Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America

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