Peril and Wonder in the Gran Desierto
Over the years, desert rat Bill Broyles has ventured repeatedly into this sunshot landscape, slogged across its salt flats and sand dunes, and defied its deadly heat. This book chronicles his years of exploration, a vivid and personal introduction to a thorny but ultimately enchanting place that manages to endear itself over time, if it doesn’t kill you first. Michael Berman’s stark black-and-white photographs capture the desolate beauty of the desert while conveying a sense of Broyles’ adventures. Gleaned from more than 4,000 images shot with a large-format camera, these exquisite photographs translate the desert’s formidable monotone into finely tuned studies of light and represent some of the best photos ever taken of this mysterious region.
El Gran Desierto is a grand desert indeed, with beauty, spirit, and mystery rivaling any place on Earth, and anyone captivated by the earlier explorations of Lumholtz, Ives, or Hornaday—or by Edward Abbey’s love of desert places—will revel in these modern-day adventures. Sunshot defies the stereotype of a punishing wilderness to show how even the most perilous desert can be alluring if approached with knowledge and respect.
“[Berman and Broyles] delineate the primal beauty of the Gran Desierto’s landscape.” —Tucson Weekly
“A vivid and personal introduction to a thorny but ultimately enchanting place that manages to endear itself over time.” —Pluma Fronteriza