Dirt Meridian (Limited Edition)


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Andrew Moore


This Collector’s Edition includes the book Dirt Meridian and this print is signed and numbered by Andrew Moore: Cash Meier Barn, 2012, Archival inkjet print, 25.5 x 27.7 cm. The photograph has been printed in 2016 in a limited edition of 25 copies plus 3 Artist Proofs.

In this book by the acclaimed photographer of Detroit Disassembled, Andrew Moore takes to the air to create an intimate vision of the High Plains. The “Meridian” of the title refers to the 100th meridian, the longitude that neatly bisects the country and has long been considered the dividing line between the fertile green East and dry brown West of the United States. Much of the meridian traverses America’s “flyover country”, those remote and sparsely populated landscapes with a long history of repeated drought and failed dreams. Yet other parts of the meridian overlap bustling and contentious zones, such as the heavily fracked Bakken formation in North Dakota. Dirt Meridian interweaves both these stories together: the enduring myths and rich history of a place where so little meets the eye, alongside a portrayal of those who continue to live amidst its vast and severe magnificence.

Many photographs in this book were made using a specially modified camera in a low flying plane; the resulting pictures, with their literal bird eye’s view, offer the viewer a unique perspective of this quintessential “American” landscape of no conspicuous markers or limits. Moore was also assisted by a wideranging group of ranchers, farmers, crop dusters, game wardens, writers, and historians during his ten years of work on this project. The book includes a preface by the late noted author Kent Haruf, a story by the writer Inara Verzemnieks, an essay by noted curator of Western Art, Toby Jurovics, as well as extensive set of endnotes about the images themselves.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 34.2 x 26.9 cm
Publisher name Damiani Editore
Publication date 1 December 2016
Number of pages 140
Format Hardback
Dimensions 34.2 x 26.9 cm
Weight 300 g


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American photographer Andrew Moore (born 1957) is widely acclaimed for his photographic series, usually taken over many years, which record the effect of time on the natural and built landscape. These series include work from Cuba, Russia, Times Square, Detroit, and the High Plains of the United States. Moore's photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House and the Library of Congress amongst many other institutions. He has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, the JM Kaplan Fund, and the Cissy Patterson Foundation. Moore's other publications include Detroit Disassembled, Making History,Governors Island, Russia; Beyond Utopia, Cuba and Inside Havana. He also produced and photographed How to Draw a Bunny, a documentary feature film on the artist Ray Johnson. The movie premiered at the 2002 Sundance Festival, where it won a Special Jury prize. Presently he teaches a graduate seminar in the MFA Photography Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.