Robert Adams


5/8/1937, Orange, New Jersey

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Adams discusses documenting humanity’s toll on the environment

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Robert Adams photographs with a critical, but poetic lens. Focusing on the great American west for over four decades, Adams has witnessed the human sprawl thats invaded and replaced the wilderness. His photographs capture uprooted trees, littered fields, and distant highways. In these striking black-and-white images, Adams reveals a land that refuses to back down, in spite of modern technology, real estate, and human demand. Artist Robert Adams: 


I like to document whats glorious in the West—and remains glorious, even despite what weve done to it. Id like to be very truthful about that, but I also what to show what is—what is disturbing and what needs correction. Uh, the best way to do that, and its the way every artist dreams of, is to show it at the same time, in the very same rectangle. The effort is to find that perfectly balanced frame, uh, where everything fits. Uh, its not exactly the same as life, its—its life seen better.  



Audio of Robert Adams interview excerpted from Art 21: Ecology, episode title The New West 

Courtesy Art21, Inc. 

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