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Florida's Changing Waters: A Beautiful World in Peril
by Lynne Buchanan
with essays by Robert L. Knight and Jason Evans

A pioneering look at Florida’s beautiful but imperiled waters!

Awarded a BEST BOOK OF 2019 by Elizabeth Avedon Photography

Nominated for Aperture Foundation's First PhotoBook Award as well as Best Book in Ecology/Environment with Foreword Indies!

Lynne Buchanan began photographing Florida's waters to create artistic records of her connection with those waters and to learn lessons from being in the present moment and aligning with the flow of life. The more time she spent photographing waterways in her native Florida, the more she noticed what was being damaged and lost due to human impact. She resolved to draw attention to the situation through her photography and to work with water-quality and environmental advocates, including members of the Waterkeeper Alliance and Native American citizens fighting to preserve the integrity of their ancestral lands and drinking water.

The result is Florida's Changing Waters, which not only showcases the beauty, diversity, and complexity of Florida's waters, but also documents the negative effects of agricultural and industrial pollution, a growing population with its associated urban growth and land development, and climate change on Florida's inland and coastal waters and springs. Though her work is place specific to Florida, the book reveals the interconnected and global nature of environmental problems. Indeed, Florida's fragile springs, wetlands, rivers, and coastal waters can be considered tragic and powerful examples of what is happening to aquatic systems elsewhere in the nation and the world as a result of unchecked human action.

Buchanan's photographs, along with informative texts by the author and two leading scientists, invite viewers to consider their personal relationship to water and to encourage better stewardship of this vital—and finite—resource. The book is also a call to action to find more effective ways to preserve these waterways for both their natural beauty and essential role in our everyday survival.


Election 2020: What Matters: Water & Climate Change, curated by Billy Howard (documentary photographer and writer; on the board of directors for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, was a 2011-2012 Rosalyn Carter Fellow in Mental Health Journalism, a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Fellow, his work has been exhibited with the Smithsonian and Vogue Italia; on a five-city tour of Japan; and has been featured in documentaries for Frontline and HBO.)

$45.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
Hardcover (PLC) with jacket
232 pages with 135 color photographs by the
author and 1 color map
11.75" x 10.25" (landscape/horizontal)
ISBN 978–1–938086–61–8

Published in April 2019

Distributed by Casemate/IPMcart

No e-book has been authorized.

About the Author

Visit the Author's website for an up-to-date
list of Book Events & Exhibitions

Read a review of four water books, including Florida's Changing Waters, on What Will You Remember blog.

Read "Photographer Lynne Buchanan on Cherishing Florida's Waters" in the Sarasota Magazine

Read "An e-conversation launches a summer series, "The National Ecology Report" in Our Time Press

Listen to the podcast "Lynne Buchanan: How Women can Help Save Our Water" on Be a Smart Woman

Included in Elizabeth Avedon's 2019 list of Best Photography Books

Watch interviews with Buchanan on Inspicio.

Listen to an interview with Buchanan on WGCU.

Book Information Sheet (pdf)




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