INTO THE GREAT WHITE SANDS: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian
INTO THE GREAT WHITE SANDS: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian

Into the Great White Sands
Photographs by Craig Varjabedian | A Kickstarter Project


MY NAME IS CRAIG VARJABEDIAN and I am an award-winning fine art photographer, especially drawn to New Mexico’s unique and powerful landscapes. For years I have been enchanted by the magnificent dunes at White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico. I’m attracted to White Sands because of its mystical and understated beauty.


I have been exploring and photographing this luminous place to share the authentic story and spirit of White Sands through images and through the voices of those who have lived, worked and visited there.

White Sands National Monument is part of the National Park Service, surrounded by two military installations, the White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base. One of the world’s great natural wonders, the monument comprises 275 square miles of white wave like dunes of gypsum sand. It is a fragile landscape, biologically rich and diverse. This place of profound beauty shows me stories that reveal connections to this ancient landscape going back to early man and even earlier—from dinosaurs, to petroglyphs, to rockets and to the atomic bomb. We and future generations muss nurture and protect this ever-changing part of the earth, not .only for what it is, but for how it speaks to our humanity.


I am fortunate to have successfully completed five major photographic projects that resulted in prize-winning books and national traveling museum exhibitions. For over 40 years my work has been recognized with numerous awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Emmy Award for a PBS documentary film about my work titled En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico. I have a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Most humbly, I ask for your help. In a nutshell I seek your support to complete the principal photography in the coming year and partially fund the cost of publishing a book in 2017 with the University of New Mexico Press. My agreement with the Press, a not-for-profit publisher, requires a financial contribution to cover the additional expenses of producing a high-quality fine-art book.

Once the photography has been completed, I will edit the images, make proofs and prepare the digital image files for the publisher. I will collaborate extensively on the book’s design and content. I will also work closely with the publisher’s art director to ensure that the images are reproduced to the highest standards. The book as planned will include eighty photographs and three essays.

As you can imagine, this photography project is an expensive undertaking and up until now the project has been self funded. The goal is to raise $10,000. to complete the project. Because I know how much you appreciate fine photography I hope you will join with us to make possible the completion of this body of work and the creation of a beautiful volume worthy of this truly magnificent place.

I invite you to be a part of my effort.

You can check out our prelaunch website at


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