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Laura McPhee

River of No Return

No American is without a notion of what the West looks like and what it represents. The myth of a big open space where you can live out your dreams rests like an escape hatch in our collective imagination even if, in reality, very little of that space is left, and the dream itself remains embattled. River of No Return is concerned with conflicting ideas about landscape in America and our values and beliefs about our relationship to the natural world. The nature/culture dilemma is endlessly complex, and the photographs describe this kaleidoscopic, fragmented, and contested relationship, specifically within one place and among one group of people in a valley in a remote area of central Idaho.