Cadillac Desert

by Marc Reisner,  Viking Press 1993

More than 20 years ago I inherited the Colorado River story for National Geographic from another photographer. Casting about for guidance I found Mark Reisner’s deeply researched Cadillac Desert. Here in one volume was the whole tale of the wonders and woes of the Colorado, from its beginnings in a mountain meadow to it’s sad demise in the sands of Mexico. Reisner’s work guided me through the maze of Western water law and thorny resource issues. Mostly his book told me what issues were truly important and where to go looking for them, where they might be made visible. That story launched my career as a resources photographer for National Geographic. I'll always be grateful to Marc Reisner.

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