Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, author, screenwriter, actor, and director had a deep bond with Santa Fe, where he lived in the 1980s and from 2010-2015. But Sam Shepard had some nomad in him, and beginning with 'Motel Chronicles' in 1982, he spent just as much time crisscrossing the deserts of New Mexico as he did living in any one city. As friend Johnny Dark said: 'He lived in Santa Fe, but he also lived in hotels and on the road.... He might have been running away or he might have been running toward something.'
Crossing the same area and twenty years earlier, in 1963, artist Ed RUSCHA photographed gas stations from Oklahoma to LA. He published them in 'Twentysix-Gasoline Stations', which is widely regarded as the first modern artist's book. Ed RUSCHA took 60 photos, which he shortened to 26. The unpublished images from New Mexico are in this volume, 'Sam Shepard. New Mexico', reproduced from the artist's original negatives.
In this limited edition volume, 'Sam Shepard. New Mexico', these two restless storytellers combine their talents to paint a unique portrait of New Mexico.