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The writer Cormac McCarthy Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

The Passenger: Cormac McCarthy by Beowulf Sheehan

We are thrilled to present a special exhibition by Beowulf Sheehan, renowned photographer of the literary world. Before Cormac McCarthy’s highly anticipated novel The Passenger is found on bookshelves everywhere, its title is written on a wall in his home, penned by the author himself. After so much time without new work, does the title foreshadow his magnum opus, his parting words, or something more mysterious? Taken during one summer day in 2014, these photographs explore the power, humor, humility, mystery, and poetry of the icon of fiction as he prepares his first novel in sixteen years.

The exhibition is on view at The Center for Fiction Café & Bar. Partial proceeds from print sales support The Center’s programming.

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About the Author

The novels of the American writer Cormac McCarthy have received a number of literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His works adapted to film include All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country for Old Men—the last film receiving four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Picture.

About the Photographer

Through 2022, Beowulf Sheehan has photographed better than nine hundred biographers, journalists, novelists, poets, and playwrights from more than fifty countries. His work has been published in the likes of Elle, Esquire, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Vogue and exhibited at institutions such as the Dostoevsky Museum and International Center of Photography. Author: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan, a collection of portraits of 200 writers from 35 countries with a foreword by Salman Rushdie published in 2018, features select photographs of Cormac McCarthy.

About the Prints

All prints of Cormac McCarthy photographed at the Santa Fe Institute and at the author’s home are made with Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 315 g archival paper, courtesy of master printer Picto New York.