Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

  • RARE
    Hardcover / 12 x 13 inches
    126 pages / 54 images
    with 36-page booklet

  • Essay by Natasha Egan
    Short story by Barry Lopez

  • ISBN: 9781934435632
  • Trade Edition: $150.00
  • Limited Edition: $100.00
  • Includes unique 4 x 5 inch c-print, signed by the artist.
    Limited to 100 copies.

  • Out-of-Print


For more than a decade, Victoria Sambunaris (born 1964) has crossed the United States with her five-by-seven wooden field camera and sheets of color negative film. Traveling seemingly every road nationwide, Sambunaris has described herself as having “an unrelenting curiosity to understand the American landscape and our place in it.” This first monograph on Sambunaris’ work consists of one handsome hardback volume retrospective selection of her images from 2000 to 2013. Included in the book are a pocketed 64-page booklet that documents the artist’s collected professional ephemera as a photographer and researcher, along with a second booklet insert of a short story by Barry Lopez. Included in this fascinating assortment of documents are images of books on geology and history, maps, artifacts such as mineral specimens, journals and road logs, as well as her small photographic sketches. An essay from MOCP Director Natasha Egan provides an insightful overview of this ardent chronicler of contemporary America.


Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been working in South Texas photographing the intersection of geology, industry and culture encompassing the international boundary and energy industry. She is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Award. In 2011, a twelve-year survey of her work was exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and is currently at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Lannan Foundation. Victoria Sambunaris is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery and James Kelly Contemporary.