David Heald’s photographs of Cistercian abbeys in France convey the silent beauty of these fascinating edifices. Heald's photographs appeal to a wide audience, whether the interest is architecture, history, culture, or the simplicity of photography's essential definition, that is, painting with light. These photographs of the Cistercian abbeys were the subject of an award winning monograph, published by Harry Abrams in 2000 and reprinted in 2002. David Heald began in the photography studio at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Since 1985 Heald has been the Chief photographer for the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Heald’s photographs are in the collections of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.