Robert Adams | Light

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Adams in his Oregon home.

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.

Caption: Robert Adams, (Left) “From Lookout Mountain, at Buffalo Bill’s Grave. Jefferson County, Colorado” and (Right)  “Sunday School, a Church in a New Tract, Colorado Springs,” 2007. © Robert Adams

SEE: More images, videos, and news for Robert Adams.

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, (Left) From Lookout Mountain, at Buffalo Bill’s Grave. Jefferson County, Colorado and (Right) Sunday School, a Church in a New Tract, Colorado Springs, 2007. © 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.

Contributor
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.
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