Robert Adams | Books & Gravures

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Adam’s with photogravure plates for Harney County, Oregon (1999-2003) in his Oregon studio.

Robert Adams’s black-and-white photographs document scenes of the American West, revealing the impact of human activity on the last vestiges of wilderness and open space. An underlying tension in Adams’s body of work is the contradiction between landscapes visibly transformed or scarred by human presence and the inherent beauty of light and land rendered by the camera.

Robert Adams, “Harney County, Oregon,” 1999-2003. © Robert Adams. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.

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LEARN: Robert Adams is featured in the Season 4 (2007) episode Ecology of the Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS.

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PHOTO | Robert Adams, Harney County, Oregon, 1999-2003. © Robert Adams. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.

VIDEO | Producer: Susan Sollins & Nick Ravich. Camera: Bob Elfstrom. Sound: Doug Dunderdale. Editor: Steven Wechsler. Artwork courtesy: Robert Adams. Thanks: Matthew Marks Gallery & Fraenkel Gallery.

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Wesley Miller is the Associate Curator at Art21. Miller co-curates the Art in the Twenty-First Century television series. He is also co-creator of the series New York Close Up.
  1. Lena says:

    Robert Adams has long been a hero of mine. I think that he is one of the few artists today who understands the fact that good art is essentially linked with truth. His photographs for me are wholely truthful. They are at the same time both beautiful and sad, and ultimately show us something of the mystery which we will never be able to explain rationally, but which we feel and know is important.

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