Occasionally, the Museum of Modern Art leaves behind its familiar territory to focus on the early nineteenth-century origins of the modern sensibility. Before Photography: Painting and the Invention of Photography takes this kind of deep-focus approach into the study of photographic history.
Politics and Photographs: Second Latin American Colloquium on Photography
In 1978 the First Latin American Colloquium on Photography mounted its exhibition in Mexico City's world-famed Anthropology Museum and concentrated on aesthetics. The Second Colloquium, held the last week of April, 1981, focused on sociopolitical concerns, and its exhibit was hung in the elegant, Baroque-styled Museum of Fine Arts.
Aeschylus, the progenitor of tragedy, is remembered on his tomb not as a dramatist or poet, but as a veteran of the battle of Marathon. Having survived the Persian Wars he lived to see the ordeal of invasion give way to stability; suffering was the inevitable route to wisdom.
But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can't stand it. I've been there before. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Yet now, federated along one keel, what a set these Isolatoes were! An Anacharsis Clootz deputation from all the isles of the sea, and all the ends of the earth, accompanying Old Ahab in the Pequod. . . .
The tornado that crossed Wichita Falls, Texas, on April 10, 1979, destroyed twenty-six hundred homes, damaged twice that many more, injured three thousand people, and killed forty-six. Frank Gohlke, who was then teaching in Colorado Springs, managed to reach Wichita Falls three days later, and had only a Saturday and part of Sunday to photograph.
Greenwich Village: a whitewashed wall, an iron gate. Steep, treacherous steps to a subterranean courtyard. Two slender trees rise, giving forth neither branch nor leaf for a few stories. Overhead, the leafy canopy filters sunlight. Shade, and quiet, too.
The forest.is still within us. The urban landscape we have drawn about us is a recent fashion, and our history resounds of the woodsman's ax. Loggers swept through the pines of New England and the Great North Woods, and, as they advanced, wood fueled the march of empire.
Robert Adams A photographer and writer who lives in Longmont, Colorado, Robert Adams is known for his landscapes of the American West, published in six monographs, including From the Missouri West (Aperture 1980). His essay on Frank Gohlke first appeared in a book of his essays, Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values (Aperture 1981).