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The New Yorker, June, 1002

For six years Karen Halverson followed the Colorado River downstream from the Rockies toward the Gulf of California. Her colorful photographs describe the rough country that the water cuts its path through (the river's goosenecks in Canyonlands National Park) and the way that the water has been tamed by man (Lake Powell filled with party boats, Hoover Dam at dusk). Like Joel Sternfeld's work, Halverson's exudes a quirky American romanticism. A picture titled "Near Palo Verde, California" (1995) shows a rogue pool chair floating in the deep-water landscape.