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Light In The Desert: Photographs From The Monestery Of Christ In The Desert.

O'brien, Tony.

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ISBN 10: 0890135339 / ISBN 13: 9780890135334
Published by Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 2011
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pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. CHRISTIANITY. In 1968 the Trappist monk Thomas Merton visited the Benedictine monastery Christ in the Desert, near Abiquiu, New Mexico, shortly after it was founded. His writings and photographs of his experience brought the secluded monastery to the attention of a wider community of people seeking sanctuary and spiritual inspiration. After being imprisoned in Afghanistan while on assignment for Life magazine in 1989, photojournalist Tony O'Brien sought solace and perspective at the monastery. He returned in 1994 to do a story and, in the process, became a practicing member of the community. During his year-long retreat, O'Brien was granted rare access to photograph the monastery and the daily activities and offices that have been kept in a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. O'Brien's camera became an instrument of contemplation and spiritual healing, his reverent photographs reflecting, as well, the harsh beauty and austerity of the monastery. In an accompanying essay, poet Christopher Merrill follows the daily offices of the monastery, weaving threads of history, theology, and spirituality. O'Brien's Christ of the Desert photographs will appear in the forthcoming exhibition "Contemplative Landscape," that opened October 2011 at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Key Words: Tony O'Brien, Photography, Trappist Monasteries, Christianity, Thomas Merton, Roman Catholicism, New Mexico, Christ in the Desert, Christopher Merrill). Bookseller Inventory # 78524X1

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Title: Light In The Desert: Photographs From The ...

Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Book Type: book

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In 1968 the Trappist monk Thomas Merton visited the Benedictine monastery Christ in the Desert, near Abiquiu, New Mexico, shortly after it was founded. His writings and photographs of his experience brought the secluded monastery to the attention of a wider community of people seeking sanctuary and spiritual inspiration. After being imprisoned in Afghanistan while on assignment for Life magazine in 1989, photojournalist Tony O'Brien sought solace and perspective at the monastery. He returned in 1994 to do a story and, in the process, became a practicing member of the community. During his yearlong residency, O'Brien was granted rare access to photograph the monastery and the daily activities and offices that have been kept in a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. O'Brien's camera became an instrument of contemplation and spiritual healing, his reverent photographs reflecting, as well, the harsh beauty and austerity of the monastic life. In an accompanying essay, poet Christopher Merrill follows the daily offices of the monastery, weaving threads of history, theology, and spirituality.

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Tony O'Brien teaches photography at the Marion Center of Photographic Arts at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. His work as a photojournalist has appeared in many national and international publications. He is author of Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



Christopher Merrill is the director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He has written four collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water and Watch Fire; has translated Scale and Stairs and Because of the Rain: An Anthology of Korean Zen Poetry; and authored several books of nonfiction, including Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain.

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