Museum of New Mexico Press


Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth

The I Ching

Janet Russek, Photographer
David Scheinbaum, Photographer
Jonathan Porter, Introduction

The ancient Chinese wisdom of emperor Fu Hsi's I Ching or The Book of Changes has served as a guide to human behaviour for millennia. Pondering the highly visual images imparted in the hexagrams of the I Ching, the seeker finds complex responses to questions or situations embedded in the multiple layers of images that must be deciphered and applied to one's individual circumstances. Among the I Ching's remarkable qualities is its capacity to speak universally through lyrical allegories of the natural and human worlds. Photographers and collaborators Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum have long been students of the I Ching. As landscape photographers accustomed to the teachings of the natural world, the relationship between their work as visual artists and their personal experiences working with the I Ching naturally led them to create this visual companion to the hexagrams. Their photographic interpretation of the Chinese Oracle - featuring sixty-four duotone landscape portraits paired with text from the I Ching - offers an additional metaphorical dimension to consultations with the book.


"a book of lasting beauty and substance"

Trim: 11.5" x 8.5"

Pages: 160

Illustrations: 64 duotones




Cloth $39.95