Entitled On the Edge, this exhibtion showcases approximately one hundred and fifty photographs that reflect both devastating and hopeful visions of the environment from three separate but related series: West from the Columbia (1990-1992), Time Passes (1990-1992), and Turning Back (1999-2003). A look back at his distinguished career via the remarkable publications that have accompanied his photographs since 1970 invites visitors to delve into his lesserknown passion for books as an equally important artistic medium.
Robert Adams was born in 1937 in Orange, New Jersey and currently lives in Astoria, Oregon. After earning a PhD in English literature and teaching the subject at the college level for almost ten years, he became a photographer in the late 1960s. While human figures are often absent from his images of both urban and rural landscapes in the American West, their influence upon the environment has a glaring presence: a billboard mounted on a tree-covered hill, construction of suburban housing projects, graffiti disturbing an otherwise serene desert view, or the consequences of “clear-cutting,” a practice of quickly and completely cutting down forests.
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