“For the last century and a half, the photo essay has been a vital cultural form. Working in this modern form, Micah Cash’s book depicting the hydroelectric dams of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the localities of these dams provides a compelling and valuable depiction of a crucial reshaping of the American landscape. The sensibility conveyed by Cash’s photographs is engaged and caring but also honest. One feels both the thickness of history and the complexity of the present, while remaining subtly reminded of the inescapable difficulty of representing these matters through images.”

—Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, Harvard University

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Order the book from Amazon or University of Tennessee Press.

Or purchase a SIGNED COPY from the artist.

Hardcover book includes 70 full-color photographs and introductory text by the photographer.

Read more about Dangerous Waters: 


POLITICO Magazine          The Bitter Southerner            AINT-BAD            Places Journal            Ninth Letter

upcoming events


4/21     3:45pm       Photo History/Photo Future Conference, Rochester NY

June                        Dangerous Waters exhibition at Crate Project,
                                Hendersonville, NC



what people are saying about dangerous waters


"Photography is a limited and limiting medium, but it can stir questions that often go unasked and unanswered. Cash’s work in this project, both visual and written, remind us of the complexity of choices often made long ago, sometimes far away, but still leave us dealing with the consequences."

Roger May, 100 Days in Appalachia


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 Editioned signed prints

Every photograph from Dangerous Waters: A Photo Essay on the Tennessee Valley Authority is available as editioned, signed, archival pigment prints.

10.5 x 15.75 inches / Edition of 25

16.75 x 25 inches / Edition of 12

21 x 32 inches / Edition of 5 (select photographs)

Please visit the Store for details.