Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views

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Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views

A collaboration with Swink and Trapp Interactive

Hi All,

Since 2006, I have promoted contemporary image-makers and archived their work in The Flak Photo Collection. Not surprisingly, many of those pictures reflect my personal interest in the environment and how humans respond to the land. I was delighted when Jan Howard, RISD Museum of Art Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, invited me to produce a projection of 21st century landscapes to complement a historical overview of the genre she was organizing.

Learn more about America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now »

In the spirit of inclusivity — and with hopes for serendipitous discovery — I extended a public call on the Internet for ‘photographs depicting landscape in the United States since 2000.’ That request was broad, by design, the aim being to crowdsource a visual definition of present-day photographic landscape. Artists from around the globe submitted more than 5,500 images in response yet many of them were reluctant to assign the genre to their work. Clearly, the idea of landscape photography is in as much flux today as it ever was.

Read about Looking at the Land in TIME Magazine's LightBox »

The projection debuted at the RISD Museum of Art in September and showed in Providence, Rhode Island through January 13, 2013. Internet culture and digital media play key roles in my photo work so it was a natural decision to present this show publicly online. In addition to the projection, our team designed a robust website featuring interviews with our 88 contributors. The response has been amazing — at this writing the show has been viewed more than 12,000 times.

VIEW THE EXHIBITION

It's fun to make things with creative people. I can't say enough good words about the talented production team supporting me here in Madison, Wisconsin. Sincere thanks to Shanan and Cam at Swink and Marcus at Trapp Interactive for everything. Looking at the Land would be nothing without these guys; please check them out when you have some time.

The photographers and I would love more people to see this project. If you're interested in presenting the exhibition at your festival, gallery or museum you can email me at any time via the contact page. And if you like what you see here, please feel free to mention the project in your blog or share it with friends, colleagues and students who would enjoy it.

Thanks so much for looking.

Andy Adams
Editor • Producer • Publisher
FlakPhoto.com

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

 

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