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Hardcover/PLC E-book TBD.
$40.00 U.S. (trade discount)
104 pages with 64 tritone photographs by the author
ISBN: 978–1–938086–94–6
11.875" x 9.5" landscape/horizontal

Forthcoming January/February 2023

Distributed by Casemate IPM
E-book TBD.

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Park Place: Out West
by David Heberlein
Afterword by Scott Herring

Published in association with Furthermore, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and the Center for the Study of Place

A sometimes humorous but always perceptive look at how we experience national parks and monuments out West.

The National Park Service was established by an act of Congress in 1916 to "preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations." This directive to protect wilderness yet provide accessibility to it without somehow compromising the integrity of the natural resources can be a self-fulfilling contradiction and an arena for conflicting priorities.

In Park Place: Out West, photographer David Heberlein explores the tension between access to and enjoyment and preservation of America's public lands—from the Badlands to the Pacific Coast. For nearly three decades he traveled throughout the American West and explored 35 of its famous national parks, monuments, landmarks, forests, and recreation areas. His stunning photographs, made in the course of his many journeys, document the human presence within the nation's natural wonders. They allude to human influence through the marks we make on public lands—whether temporary or permanent—and through the presence of visitors who appear in numerous shapes and sizes, experiencing and performing a variety of sightseeing activities. These shifting scenarios provide a compelling photographic survey of the many roles that national parks, monuments, and landmarks play and the foundational need to balance the human impact on nature with the preservation of wild places.

Park Place: Out West features sixty-four tritone photographs by Heberlein along with his introductory essay and an engaging afterword by Scott Herring, who has written extensively on national parks. The book is a welcome addition to a long tradition of photographers, artists, scientists, and writers heading out West to see, explore, and interpret America's national treasures.



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