DESCRIPTION: Places of Power, John Sexton's third book, transports the viewer to places few have experienced firsthand. This beautifully produced book explores the haunting mystery of ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings, the monumental scale of Hoover Dam, the massive energy of steam turbine power plants, and the intricacies of the Space Shuttle -- the single most complex system ever assembled in human history. John Sexton is internationally respected as a photographer, master
print maker, and photographic educator. The photographs in Places of Power bring the viewer into intimate contact with these amazing technological achievements. Seen through Sexton's eyes, these structures and machines that were built for utilitarian purposes are transformed into miraculous sculptures.
In addition to the stunning reproductions, the book includes a fascinating foreword by Walter Cronkite, and an essay by noted computer scientist, Rob Pike. John Sexton shares his experiences and challenges in the making of these photographs in his own essay. Marked by the same excellence in printing and design as Sexton's two previous award-winning books, Quiet Light and Listen to the Trees, Places of Power is an equally outstanding experience.
John Sexton recently said, "I am thrilled with the way "Places of Power" has turned out. Ventana Editions gave me complete control over the project, and the results exceed my expectations in every way. This book is an exciting conclusion to my thirteen year photographic project exploring these monuments of human achievement."
Sexton's artistry illuminates the idea that within humanity's dreams and intellect there exists a divine spark.
- Walter Cronkite, from his Foreword to "Places of Power"
John is one of the stars of contemporary photography.
The images in Sexton's PLACES OF POWER are rich and evocative. Immense detail is presented with a precision rarely seen in contemporary art photography. His expressive sensibility celebrates the energy and mystique of these places. All of the information is there, but the mystery remains. These are truly wonderful photographs!
- Jerry N. Uelsmann, Photographer
What John Sexton understands is that there is beauty in human invention, whether it is a cliff dwelling or a Space Shuttle. The power of these photographs is that they capture the magnificent spirit with which human beings have met the challenges of existence -- on this Earth, and beyond it,
- Andrew Chaikin, author of "A Man on the Moon"
In "Places of Power" John Sexton takes you on a journey trough human creations which help define people's desire to understand and shape their world.
- Hugh W. Harris, Retired Director of Public Affairs, NASA, John F. Kennedy Space Center
Sexton is on his way to surpassing his mentors: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Wynn Bullock.
- The Washington Post
John Sexton is one of the most distinguished artists in the field of photography.
- Ruth Bernhard, Photographer
For Sexton there is an alchemy in the photographic process. This alchemy is mirrored in the quiet drama that his presentationreveals in his subjects.
- The Bloomsbury Review
We suspect that when the history of photography is written for the last two decades of this century, Sexton will occupy a prominent position.
- The Photograph Collector
I have known John Sexton for many years. He is an outstanding technician, and an accomplished photographic artist. He is right up there with the top of them.
- Cole Weston, photographer