USU professor highlighting photos of dams

Photographer and professor Carsten Meier, in the Utah State University Department of Art and Design, has just released “Dam”, a book that showcases a large selection of dams in the United States and Europe photographed over a five-year period.

Meier appeared at the North Logan Library’s “Authors and Illustrators” series on Friday night. Before that he was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program.

Professor Meier said the idea for the book came through photos he took of dams as part of a survey highlighting the architecture that can be representative of our relationship to water and, in particular, to nature. He cited the Glen Canyon Dam as one particular example.

“Utah state, for example, we get our electricity directly from the dam. And it is, of course, an incredible piece in the landscape that sort of creates also an enormous, gigantic reservoir.

“But it is also extremely controversial, especially when it was built and up to today. We have a lot of people who would rather see this dam gone,” according to Professor Meier.

According to the faculty page on the USU website, the German-born photographer is known for his large-format renderings of urban and natural landscapes. His work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe.

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