In Search of Russell Lee
Rephotographic Survey of Bisbee, Arizona
In 2010, I worked with an historian who had recently published a book about art made in Arizona under President Roosevelt's New Deal.
I was interested in how art could be used to create conversations around land use and environmental sustainability.
In 1940, the Farm Security Administration hired Russell Lee to photograph the copper mining center of Bisbee, built along the sides of mountains in Southern Arizona. Seventy years later, I scouted Lee's original vantage points in an attempt to generate conversations regarding the comparative landscape.