On Cape Cod

From Thoreau to Annie Dillard, Cape Cod has long been held in a place of special affection and in these pages, photographer Don Krohn turns his attention to the place he loves best and calls home. Representing all fifteen of the Cape’s towns, this sequence of over 100 color photographs captures the diversity, the range, the landscape, the inhabitant, and the waters of this fugitive terminal moraine. Cape-lovers are guaranteed to discover something new, while strangers will be seduced into yearning for a visit to this varied and scenic peninsula. Loosely chronicling the arc of a summer day, and ranging from formal nature studies to breezy journalistic images, these photographs offer a rich visual immersion into a Cape Cod idyll.

An introduction by acclaimed author Geraldine Brooks and Krohn’s afterword highlight the personal connection that flourishes when one takes the time to truly explore one’s surroundings. Ranging in tone from carefree to serious, ethereal to everlasting, like the region he captures in his photographs, they exist as the perfect complements to the diverse array of images presented in this edition.

Don Krohn is a New York City-born photographer and occasional writer, teacher, and designer. In the South of France, his previous book of photographs, was highly acclaimed. A graduate of Brandeis University and Harvard Law School, he also pursued studies at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. He was founder and first president of both the esteemed Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School and the Orleans Improvement Association, and drafted Orleans’ innovative architectural review bylaw. His civic activities continue with involvement in the Orleans Community Partnership and the Orleans Cultural District. As a photographer he is self-taught in many variations of the medium, and travels extensively in pursuit of his craft. He and his wife Janis Brennan are co-owners of Main Street Books and the Orleans Whole Food Store.

Geraldine Brooks is the author of the novels The Secret Chord, Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, March (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2006) and Year of Wonders, recently optioned by Andrew Lincoln. She has also written three works of non-fiction: Nine Parts of Desire, based on her experiences among Muslim women in the mideast, Foreign Correspondence, a memoir about an Australian childhood enriched by penpals around the world and her adult quest to find them, andThe Idea of Home:Boyer Lectures 2011. Brooks started out as a reporter in her hometown, Sydney, and went on to cover conflicts as a Wall Street Journalcorrespondent in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. She now lives on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts with her husband Tony Horwitz, two sons, a horse, two dogs and three alpacas.