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Transcendental Concord (Radius Books, 2018), visually interprets Transcendentalism, the philosophical and social movement that arose from Concord, Massachusetts in the mid-19th century. Just prior to the Civil War, and in the face of widespread industrialization, the Transcendentalists defied social conventions by pioneering models of communal living, modern environmental thinking, education reform, and secular spirituality. Transcendental Concord connects this past American movement with the present moment by combining original texts by the Transcendentalists with photographs I made in their homes and the surrounding landscape. The seires pays homage to the Transcendentalists not only by capturing the environments that inspired their way of life, but in my technique: using the camera to frame changes in environment, paired with an openness to photographic experimentation.

(Available for Exhibition | Book Available Summer 2018 via Radius Books | Contact: lisa@lisamccarty.com)