About the Book
Transcendental Concord documents the spirit of Transcendentalism, the literary and philosophical movement that arose in the mid-19th century. While the circle of Transcendentalists in New England was wide, at its center was a core group that lived in Concord, Massachusetts. Bronson Alcott and daughter Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau lived within a few miles of each other for nearly 20 years, regularly meeting in each other’s homes and on the paths of Walden Woods to discuss their writings and beliefs. In the course of a year and in every season North-Carolina based photographer Lisa McCarty photographed the sites where these Transcendentalists lived and wrote in Concord. McCarty’s parallel reverence for the natural world is evident in her photographs which point to large and small variations in environment, season and light. McCarty uses long exposures and camera movement in order to capture these variations. Transcendental Concord pays homage to Transcendentalism not only in capturing a shared landscape, but in McCarty’s technique: her keen observation of natural phenomena and openness to experimentation and chance.
About the Artist
Lisa McCarty has participated in over sixty exhibitions and screenings at venues such as The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Chicago Photography Center, Houston Center for Photography, Griffin Museum of Photography, Asheville Art Museum, and the American University Museum. She received an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University, and is currently Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, as well as an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies.
About the Authors
Rebecca Norris Webb has published six photography books, including the monograph My Dakota and the collaborative books Memory City and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (both with Alex Webb). Her photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Le Monde among other publications, and her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY.
Kirsten Rian is an independent photography curator, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She has curated or coordinated more than 375 photography exhibitions internationally, and picture edited or written for over 80 books and catalogues. She teaches, freelances, and consults across the country.