John Ford Point
Monument Valley in Arizona has been a dazzling presence on film. John Ford shot his classic western Stagecoach (1939) there, etching these towering rocks on film lover’s retinas for ever. But there are no Native Americans, stagecoaches or cavalry in Vincent Mercier’s photos. He and co-author Brigitte Ollier offer a very different perspective on these eternal landscapes, transforming the outcrops into crumbling châteaux eroded over many years then left to the desert. Just for show.