Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River

Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River

The Colorado River flows 1700 miles through extremely rugged terrain. But the Colorado is no longer wild. It’s a human construct, a pipeline. Six major dams control and divert its flow. The West depends for its life on the Colorado and reclamation is a remarkable feat. But there has been a heavy price: hundreds of miles of canyon country now lie buried beneath giant reservoirs.

Downstream chronicles my exploration of the Colorado — the mountainous reaches, the rushing waters, the stilled reservoirs, and the diminished waters of the lower river. Sometimes I find beauty, sometimes desecration, often a perplexing and absurd combination.  

"Through her resonant imagery, Halverson speaks to the immutability of the river's past while confronting its complex, contested present and future", Jennifer A. Watts, Curator of Photographs, The Huntington Library and Art Galleries.    Back to Series

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