Peter Brown's haunting photographs of the high plains,
interspersed with Kent Haruf's narratives of the people who live
West of Last Chance is a unique collaboration between
celebrated photographer Peter Brown and award-winning author Kent
Haruf. The result is a profound visual/verbal dialogue of short
prose pieces and large-format color images that brings to life this
sometimes brutal and incredibly beautiful part of the country.
Awarded the Dorothea Lange?Paul Taylor Prize by the Center for
Documentary Studies at Duke University for this project in 2005,
the authors write: "Our interest in this part of the world is
contemporary but also includes its history and a mix of stories
that have passed down over the years, stories that resonate with
the land in interesting ways."
It is an evocative work concerned with "moments that describe
the beauty, power, tragedy, and cultural complexity of the place
itself: the way the land has been used, the way people have lived
on it, and the visual record that has been left behind."