The Cross Garden book is the summation of a twenty year photography project. Diane recorded the constant changes of Rev. Rice's Cross Garden from 1984 to 2004. To quote from the introduction of the book by the photographer, “Rice's Cross Garden captures in a fierce and violent physical representation the complicated and competing forces of a region; it draws on foundational history, but in its outrage contemplates contemporary challenges to the historic status quo.”

Diane Alire was born in Montgomery, Alabama. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Texas in 1991. She now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Diane is an instructor at The Art Center Design College in Albuquerque, where she teaches Fine Arts Photography and design courses.

Diane has won numerous awards for her photography and is currently represented by New Grounds Gallery.

All photographs were taken with Nikon 35mm or Fujinon cameras.