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Photographs by Sally Gall
Foreward by Mark Strand

Sally Gall is a noted photographer who has always sought the inexplicable in nature, finding beauty in the terrestrialóa beauty defined and enhanced by itís opposite: the unsettling, the precipitous, the fearful. In this remarkable series of haunting images of caves taken over a four-year period in Mexico, Belize, Southeast Asia, and Europe, Gall explores the underworld realm enhanced by the history of early human passage, myth and spiritual transcendence.

Sally Gallís photographs represent a brilliant accommodation between the obvious and the hidden, the known and the unknown.
ó from the foreword by MARK STRAND

Subterranea is gorgeous and evocative. Sally Gallís photographs depict the mysteries and the grandeur of the underworld caves, and the arresting beauty of darkness. In Subterranea, the objective universe is gone, and only the subjective remains. Eternal time is frozen in a fantastic and other worldly architecture of crumbling walls, stalactites and stalagmites coated with icy limestone and calcite formations gloaming in the darkness, bleached white as chalk. With each image, Sally Gall draws us deeper into a city forgotten.

Mark Strand, the distinguished, poet, essayist, novelist, and former Poet Laureate, other contributes a powerful and evocative essay addressing the emotion of grandeur elicited, the power of silence, the arresting beauty of darkness, and the iconic resonance of Gallís photographs and the underworld they depict. Nan Richardson, publisher and writer, explores the mythological resonance that caves evoke throughout time and culture, from Mayan mysteries to the Platonic shadow world.

SALLY GALL was born in Houston in 1956 and received her BFA degree in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. The recipient of several major awards, her work is exhibited at galleries and museums around the country. Her works are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, among others. Gall currently lives in New York.

MARK STRAND, distinguished poet, essayist, novelist and former Poet Laureate, is author of Weather of Words, Blizzard of One, and nine other books. For Subterranea he contributes a powerful essay addressing the emotion of grandeur elicited by Gallís photographs, the power of silence, and the iconic resonance of the underworld they depict. Strand currently lives in Chicago, and is Professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

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