Enchanting the Desert

"This work is based on a single historical document: a slideshow made by commercial photographer Henry G. Peabody between 1899 and 1930 at the Grand Canyon of Arizona. The project reconstructs Peabody's slideshow in a web-based medium, allowing readers to see beyond the photographer's presentation of his forty-three individual image-objects. Enchanting the Desert, instead, uses the photographs to spatially narrate the cultural history of the Grand Canyon, laying bare the European American project of remaking this space, focusing on specific territories within the vast region where the subtle mechanics of colonization unfolded."