Place videos now online

December 15th, 2016

I’ve just posted 5 videos to Youtube: my version of American History using surnames photographed in cemeteries. The complete reading & images of the stones from the book PLACE can be experienced here:
If you want to sample each region individually, follow these links.


Inspired to own a copy? Follow this link to my store:

Dante enters Duke

December 12th, 2016

caseDante Enters Hell has now been added to the Special Collections Library at Duke University. Two of the nine copies are still available. Contact me at this site for more information if you are interested. Thanks!

Dante goes to Yale and Northwestern

November 19th, 2016

Copies of the deluxe limited edition Dante Enters Hell have now been acquired by the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Art Collection of the Northwestern University Library.

Dante enters 3 collections

October 31st, 2016

I am pleased to announce that DANTE ENTERS HELL has been acquired by three libraries in the last few days: The Lilly Library (Bloomington, Indiana); Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Illinois), and Central Florida (Orlando, Florida).
Here are links to videos on YOUTUBE to give you a better idea of how the books look: and

Beauty is Truth: Images by Bea Nettles, Indiana University 10-27-16

October 25th, 2016

I hope to see several of you at my talk at 5PM in the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University in Bloomington this Thursday October 27th. I will be addressing the campus-wide theme “beauty”as it applies to my work and my thinking over the years, as well as showing a survey of work.

I will also be showcasing my most recent project DANTE ENTERS HELL, which is a plot summary (pun intended) of Dante’s Inferno written entirely in small photographs of people’s surnames that I have collected by visiting graveyards for the past several years.
You can see a few photographs of the open edition here:

Very soon more photographs of the deluxe edition will be posted. There is an edition of 9.

Landscape Pocket on view at Portland Museum of Art

October 1st, 2016

Landscape Pocket from 1969 was my first machine stitched photo-collage. It is currently the introductory piece in a show about photographic objects on view in the Portland Museum of Art in Oregon.

Gum Printing book from Focal Press

October 1st, 2016

Two of my early works from 1972 have been included in this new book from Focal Press on gum printing. Beach and Constellations and Circus Day are both one-of-a-kind pieces that include machine stitching, gum print on fabric, and hand colored elements. Both are also self portraits.

DANTE ENTERS HELL, a new book is finished.

September 11th, 2016

After months of work, my interpretive version of Dante’s Inferno has been completed using family names that I have collected by photographing in cemeteries across the country. The paper version is available for $30 using Paypal. You will find it if you scroll down at my store here:

From the introduction to the book.
During my travels to cemeteries for more than five years I have photographed over five thousand last names on headstones that are parts of speech. With these words I have created books that investigate language, history, and some of life’s events. The inspiration to write my version of the Inferno occurred to me after I had located the surnames Dante, Virgil and Styx. I had already found Beatrice, Heaven and Hell.

What followed were months of reading translations and summaries and beginning to write my adaptation. Next the photographs were assembled and edited for clarity. In addition to being symbolic and sophisticated, Dante’s journey down through the nine circles is graphic and visual. I have tried to keep my version simple enough for the first time reader, while recounting his progress as accurately as my limited words would allow. As I unwittingly punned to an incredulous friend, mine is a plot summary.
© Bea Nettles 2016

Nettles Soup included in the Photographers Cookbook

June 27th, 2016

nettles soupphotographers cookbook
I am pleased to have been included in The Photographer’s Cookbook, just published by Aperture. It was a project begun by staff at the George Eastman House in the mid 70s and shelved. Recently rescued and realized, it is a perfect time capsule of those days. The design is attractive, and the recipes, although sometimes funny, are in some cases quite appealing.

Mountain Dream Tarot deck on display at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC

June 1st, 2016

tarot first edition web
From now through October 30 you can see images from my first edition Mountain Dream Tarot in the Dream States exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is considered the first complete deck created with photographs in the history of Tarot. It was created in the years 1970-75 without benefit of digital tools. This meant if something was on fire, it actually WAS on fire. If I needed an eagle, I had to find an eagle to photograph. My family members and many friends of mine from Penland School in North Carolina were my models.

I have a very few mint copies of this deck available at my webstore.

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