Monument Valley Photo Workshop, Suggested Reading List

The location for our upcoming Photography Workshop, Monument Valley is world renowned as a location for filmmakers, photographers and many others.

Whether you intend to register for our Photography Workshop in Monument Valley or not, I hope you enjoy reading about the land, the people and the stories of the American West.  My first visit to the park was in 1985, I went horseback riding with friends.  I thought I was in a John Wayne movie.  It still remains like a trip back in time.  If you go, be sure to visit Gouldings Lodge and Trading Post, and John Ford’s point were a few Navajo folks like to pose for photographs, on horseback (yes, go ahead and pay them for their modeling).

The tribal park is on Navajo land, it is home to Navajos who love their privacy as well as those who will gladly take you on tour into the canyons and talk about the monuments, their history, and names. A brand new Hotel, called The View is now open at the entrance to the 17 mile drive through the park.  The images below were taken while traveling along the scenic drive.  You can pay your entrance fee and have a self-guided drive, or you can hire a Navajo guide and have access to more of the monuments, ruins, and petroglyphs.

Here are a few background books about the Valley and the Navajo people (Dineh)

Scenes of the Plateau Lands…Wm. Lee Stokes
Land of room enough and time enough…Richard E Klinck
The Book of the Navajo…Raymond Friday Locke
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson…Hampton Sides
The American West…Dee Brown

Our April 2014 photo workshop to Monument Valley also includes a day at the Valley of the Gods (below).

Looking north from Valley of the Gods, the storm is beginning to form, at sunset ©Kit Frost

Looking north from Valley of the Gods, the storm is beginning to form, at sunset ©Kit Frost

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These student photographs were taken while along the scenic drive in Monument Valley. I get a kick out of Navajo “kitsch”.

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Geronimo was an Apache indian. But I find the “statement” here made by a Navajo tribal member living in Monument Valley interesting and photo worthy.  Documentary photography at Monument Valley.

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