‘Great Divide’ author feted at opening

By March 21, 2011

Roberta Price will discuss and signs copies of “Across the Great Divide: A Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture” (University of New Mexico Press) at an exhibit opening Thursday, March 31, at the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at UC Davis.

The opening reception will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the exhibit will continue through May 22.

In 1969, as a teaching fellow in the State University of New York at Buffalo graduate English program, Price received a grant to photograph communes in the Southwest. She headed west with her camera to the Huerfano Valley, eventually settling in Libre, a commune in Colorado, where she lived in voluntary poverty for seven years.

During that time, she took nearly 3,000 photographs, capturing long-haired men, women in self-made peasant attire, psychedelic art, sheaves of marijuana, cast-iron stoves and pre-industrial agricultural practices.

In “Across the Great Divide,” Price has selected the most revealing of those images and presents them in a visual memoir that reflects on her experiences and offers an insider’s look at daily life in the rural commune movement.

Price is an attorney in Albuquerque and is the author of “Huérfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture.”

Enterprise staff

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