Photography and Fiction

$34.95 hardcover

- Coming soon...

Buried Cars: Excavations from Stonehenge to the Grand Canyon

Patrick Nagatani

This book is a sci-fi artistic creation from the mind of internationally recognized photographer and multimedia artist Patrick Nagatani (1945–2017). The book presents the mysterious recovery of twenty-nine automobiles buried at power sites around the world. The photographs document archaeological findings—at Stonehenge, New Mexico’s Very Large Array, and Chaco Canyon, to name a few locales. The protagonist is Japanese archaeologist Ryoichi (Nagatani’s alter ego) who excavates the twentieth-century vehicles. The book includes chapters explaining the paradoxical aspects of the project and sixty images of the buried car excavations.


Patrick Nagatani was born on August 19, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, just days after the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where his father’s family lived. Nagatani’s parents were imprisoned in various US internment camps during World War II. His family’s ordeal would influence Nagatani’s artwork throughout his career and his examination of social and political themes, including the nuclear industry. Nagatani was professor emeritus of the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico where he taught from 1987 to 2007. His numerous books include the recently published The Race: Tales in Flight and Nuclear Enchantment.

Joseph Traugott retired as curator of twentieth century art at the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2013 after a thirty-year career, including curator positions held at the University of New Mexico’s Jonson Gallery, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and University Art Museum. An independent curator and writer, he is the author of eight books on New Mexico art, among them New Mexico Art through Time: Prehistory to the Present, Visualizing Albuquerque, Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art, and The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

8 x 10 in. 116 pages 38 color photos, 17 figs.