William Henry Jackson
explores the lively and inventive variety of photographers' visions of landscape
By Anne Havinga
"Lens Landscapes" explores the lively and inventive variety of photographersâ€™ visions of landscape. Through juxtaposition of images, the exhibition will present contrasts and comparisons of artistic approach and expression. Precise photographic descriptions taken with 19th century glass-plate negatives will be contrasted with softer atmospheric depictions by photographers of the same era working with paper negatives. Sublime, expansive views of the American West taken by Carleton Watkins and William Henry Jackson in the 1880s will be compared with the romantic celebrations of the Sierra Nevada by Ansel Adams from several generations later.
There will be intimate, soft-focus turn-of-the century views by photographers such as Rudolf Eickemeyer and George Seeley, close-up views of the heart of nature by Paul Strand and Edward Weston, images of natureâ€™s patterns by Mario Giacomelli and Lee Friedlander, minimalist interpretations by Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, and witty photographic comments on landscape by Burk Uzzle and Len Jenshel.
Surprising spatial transformations by contemporary photographers such as Toshio Shibata, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Adam Fuss will also be included. Through the images of photographers such as these, this exhibition will underscore the seemingly infinite variety of the photographerâ€™s viewpoint and intentions when creating a work of landscape art.
The exhibition will be composed of approximately 80 photographs drawn primarily from the Museumâ€™s collection, with selected loans from private collections.
Anne Havinga is assistant curator in the Department of Photographs.
Image: Alvin Langdon
Museum of Fine Arts
Avenue of the Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, Massachusetts