In the Press

Westword, Month of Photography: Must-See Solos, Small Shows and Alternative Spaces, review by Susan Froyd, 3/9/17.

Colorado Public Radio, Top Ten Picks for Month of Photography 2015

Westword, Two Solo Shows Blend Delicate and Complex Works at Goodwin Fine Art, review by Michael Paglia, 1/30/2014

Denver Post, A New Take on an Ancient Story, 12/16/12

LA Times / Holiday Gift Guide, 12/2/12

Colorado Matters, Colorado Public Radio, interview about The Lost Christmas Gift with Andrea Dukakis, 11/28/12

Pasatiempo, Santa Fe’s Arts and Culture Magazine, Tricky St. Nick: Andrew Beckham’s The Lost Christmas Gift, 11/23/12

 

Reviews

 

"In The Lost Christmas Gift, Andrew Beckham brings us a wondrous, eerily timeless story about love, survival, war, ceremony, family, magic, and the gods. He delivers us to the realm of the marvelous."

- Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Winter Count

 

Firmament is a benchmark in Andrew Beckham’s ongoing consideration of photography's intrinsic capacity to depict physical aspects of the landscape and simultaneously suggest the presence of time and mystery. Three bodies of work constitute Firmament, each with Beckham’s recognition of "place" as a starting point for deeper questions. Beckham begins in One Square Mile with a seemingly solitary meander through a backcountry wilderness in the wooded foothills of the Rocky Mountains west of his home. Next, he walks the aggressive openness of the Great Plains in the Sand Hills of Nebraska in Twenty-Thousand Square-Miles and introduces human assertion into Firmament by depicting subtle traces of industry in context with the expanse of prairie grasses and big sky. Finally, in An Incalculable Distance, Beckham interweaves images of historic star charts with his own pictures of various wild landscapes and personal artifacts that, when blended into a seamless composition, represent quietly reflective moments and materials about one's place in the world.

— Blake Milteer, Museum Director Emeritus, Taylor Art Museum, CSFAC

 

"Andrew Beckham is a lot of things, but I consider him a 'visual poet,' using language both written and visual to construct nuanced work that is compelling, fragile, and poignant. He is the Joseph Cornell of the photo world, combining photographic memory with objects imbued with ideas and meaning."
— Aline Smithson, Lenscratch

 

"Andrew Beckham continues a vital reconnaissance, searching for places where the truth seems secure and, like life itself, is resonant with an inexplicable poignancy. He also confronts a kind of paradoxical truth: that great beauty can dwell in the darkness and in the apparent chaos of emerging forms. Recalling the words of Robert Adams, in the redemptive nature of light, Beckham finds grace and the rekindling of an affection for living."
— Terry Toedtemeier, Curator of Photography, Portland Art Museum, 1985–2008

 

 Praise for The Lost Christmas Gift
 

“Andrew Beckham's art has always suggested to me a world far more magical than the one we inhabit, but one I have always believed was out there, if I could only free myself from the practicalities of modern life. Now he has found a story to help the most recalcitrant among us into the beautiful prisms of his imagination. The Lost Christmas Gift deserves to become part of the Holiday tradition in countless families. The story is deeply moving, the artwork, simply sublime.”

— Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness

 

"You could buy this for the production values alone, but the story is absolutely mesmerizing. A parcel arrives, lost in the mail since World War II. Inside is a handmade book from a father to his little boy at home, tracing a winter adventure with photos, drawings, and delicate maps. You'll ask yourself if the package is real. It doesnt matter."

 — Book Riot / Always books. Never boring.

 

"I was deeply touched by a most extraordinary new work that is destined to become a yuletide classic. The Lost Christmas Gift, sensitively written by Andrew Beckham, is a book within a book. It is the remarkable story of a superbly handcrafted tome sent to a boy by his mapmaker dad deployed to Europe during World War II. The parcel, however, gets lost in the mail. Seven decades later, it arrives -- to the stupendous joy of the recipient. Like me, you will marvel at this tale. And perhaps have a tear in your eye by book's end."

—  San Jose Mercury News

 

"A new take on an ancient story."

 — The Denver Post

 

"Youngsters and adults will appreciate the simple spell this lovely and unusual book casts."

 — School Library Journal