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E X P L O R A T I O N,  A D V E N T U R E  &  D I S C O V E R Y

 National Parks, Monuments, Sacred Lands. UNESCO World Heritage Sites



"America's Outback -- full of mysterious, vast deserts, ancient cliff dwellings, slot canyons, soaring peaks, roaring rapids, and inland seas is truly the living heart and soul of the North American continent. Go on a photographic journey through half a million square miles of wild lands, encompassing the American Southwest, northwest Mexico. the Baja California Peninsula, and La Frontera (the Frontier) of the U.S.-Mexico Border."
~BrownTrout Calendars, from the publisher


Now live online at Cowboys and Indians


Adventurer and celebrated lensman and author John Annerino guides readers

through bucket-list travels in a breathtaking new photography book, from

America's Outback: An odyssey through the Great Southwest."
--Cowboys and Indians, The Premiere Magazine of the West

The Photography Issue, 2022


John Annerino, Shiffer Books

AMERICA'S OUTBACK: A Q&A With Writer and Photographer John Annerino, featured in Arizona Highways Magazine online

"For as long as I can remember, John Annerino has roamed, photographed, studied--and at times barely survived--the fierce and beautiful terrain . . . He knows America's Outback as well as anyone alive today. That incredible breadth of experience and deep understanding gives Annerino, and us, an invaluable lens into what's most precious, astounding, and spectacular about this magical corner of our country."
―John Rasmus, founding editor-in-chief of National Geographic Adventure


In the Chasms of Water, Stone, and Light:

Passages Through the Grand Canyon

Indian Country: Sacred Ground, Native Peoples

"In his latest book, Indian Country, John Annerino—famed photographer and writer of America's desert Southwest and Old Mexico—went in search of clues that would unlock the mysteries of places sacred to the native peoples of the Colorado Plateau, Great Plains, Sierra Madre, and Sonoran Desert. Along the way he chronicled his astonishing pilgrimage, capturing in remarkable photographs and evocative words a world that few of us have been privileged to glimpse, let alone partake in." From the publisher, W.W. Norton, New York. Southwest Book of the Year

Vanishing Borderlands: The Fragile Landscape of the US-Mexico Border

Vanishing Borderlands: Southwest Book of the Year, "Best Reading"

"John Annerino is an excellent photographer and fine writer with a special affinity for the American West and Old Mexico. His newest book focuses on the natural wonders that became landmarks for early surveyors who marked the border between Mexico and the U.S. It also includes images and stories that reflect the ongoing battles to stem illegal immigration and smuggling and preserve traditional lifestyles in a beautiful, but isolated and harshly unforgiving, land."
---Dallas Morning News


"Vanishing Borderlands artfully captures the beauty and fragility of this extraordinary and dangerous paradise, gracefully balancing the region's grandeurs with its truths."

---The Seattle Times

Colorado Plateau Wild and Beautiful, Temple of the Moon

Colorado Plateau: WIld and Beautiful. "Instantly capturing our attention with his passionate foreword, Annerino shares the euphoria one experiences standing in one of America's most dramatic landscapes: the Colorado Plateau. Known as one of the last great wilderness regions of North America, Colorado Plateau’s remote and unforgiving terrain is beautifully rendered in 126 colour images. Naturally formed arches take on the appearance of gateways to ancient cities, and each boulder becomes a totem from the prehistoric world. Drawing upon anthropological insights this landscape offers, Annerino showcases in all its glory. . . the American West." --Outdoor Photography Magazine, London, UK

Sierra del Carmen, Coahuila, México, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. / UNESCO La Reserva de la Biósfera Maderas del Carmen. Photo essay by the author.

S P E C I A L  P R O J E C T S  P H O T O G R A P H E R


BROWNTROUT 2023 Wall Calendar: America's Outback: The Great Southwest

• COWBOYS & INDIANS Magazine, "Exploring America's Outback," Photo Essay

  The Photography Issue, 2022

• AMERICA 24/7: Extraordinary Images of One American Week

• ARIZONA 24/7: Amazing Photographs of An Extraordinary State

• LIFE Books: One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001

• LIFE Books: One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001,10 Years Later

• LIFE Magazine: cover story, "Children's Pictures to God." Native peoples photo mentor

• ABC NEWS Primetime, Consultant: El Camino de Diablo, "The Road of the Devil"
• NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Adventure: Secrets of the Grand Canyon, "The Grand Canyon

  Explored" wall map

• NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Adventure: "Along the Devil's Highway"

• NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Adventure: "America's Scariest National Park"

• ARIZONA HIGHWAYS Magazine, Collectors Issue: Once Upon A Day in Arizona. "Between Myth

  and Mystery: A Cowboy Guide and Navajo Elder."

• ARIZONA HIGHWAYS Books, Photography Guide: "Adventure: Documenting the Quest"

• BROWNTROUT CALENDARS: La Naturaleza de México / The Natural Landscapes of Mexico

• ONE WORLD Journeys: Jaguar: Lord of the Mayan Jungle, Special Report
• ONE WORLD Journeys: The Sonoran Desert, Special Report

• MÉXICO Desconocido (Unknown Mexico), Landscape Gallery: Exposiciones Remotas, La

  historia detrás de la fotografía (Remote Exposures: The Story Behind the Photos)


John Annerino is a photographer, author, and adventurer of photography literary essay books, photographic essays, and calendars of the American West and Old Mexico. His work has appeared in Time, LIFE, the New York Times, Scientific American, Travel & Leisure, Life Books, Arizona Highways, México Desconocido (Unknown Mexico), America 24/7, and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications. His map, "The Grand Canyon Explored," is on display at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center. John has dedicated his life to photographing, researching, and writing about endangered landscapes, Native peoples, Western cowboys, Spanish traditions, and trilingual borderlands. In his quest to explore the Grand Canyon's and Great Southwest's mythic landscapes and secret places by foot, raft, rope, camera, and pen, John has climbed hallowed peaks, rafted wild and scenic rivers, traversed deep chasms and painted deserts, and traced ancient Indian, missionary, and pioneer trails on foot. His award winning books and photography include, In the Chasms of Water, Stone and Light, Vanishing Borderlands: The Fragile Landscape of the U.S.-Mexico Border, The Virgin of Guadalupe: Art and Legend, Indian Country: Sacred Ground, Native Peoples, National Geographic Adventure photography for "Along the Devil's Highway," and other distinguished publications.

Emery Kolb (left) belays his brother Ellsworth "dangling from rope in crevasse and photographing canyon wall" North Rim, Grand Canyon. Gelatin silver print Kolb Brothers, 1908. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

The author (right) explores Thunder River during an early reconnaissance of the North Rim, GrandCanyon. Source: In the Chasms of Water, Stone, and Light

Grand Canyon Explored Map by John Annerino. Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center.


A Q&A With Writer and Photographer John Annerino

featured in Arizona Highways Magazine online



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