An Artificial Wilderness: The Landscape in Contemporary Photography
Man’s impact on the natural landscape takes the form of construction, destruction and intervention in the photographic imagery of An Artificial Wilderness. The title borrows a phrase from the W. H. Auden poem The Shield of Achilles (1952), referring to modern society’s passive stance toward the decline of human values, and its disregard for the physical world. Exemplifying this idea at its most extreme, Edward Burtynsky captures the world’s largest accumulation of discarded rubber tires. Lewis Baltz confronts an uncommon, mundane subject—an urban parking lot—and finds beauty. Rosemary Laing documents a seamlessly laid, floral wall-to-wall carpet in a eucalyptus forest to symbolize the domestication of the natural environment. In diverse works dating from the 1960s to the present, and feat...
HomeFrontLine: Reflections on Ten Years of War Since 9/11, at SilverEye Center for Photography
The Silver Eye Center for Photography announces the opening of HomeFrontLine: Reflections on Ten Years of War Since 9/11, running from September 13 through December 10, 2011. This exhibition explores the far-reaching impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- both on and away from the combat zones -- through the words and images of eleven leading documentary photographers and photojournalists.
The co-curators of the exhibition are Ellen Fleurov, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography and Leo Hsu, Independent Curator, Pittsburgh, Pa.
HomeFrontLine is a space in which to pause and to think about this decade of war in the aftermath of 9/11 and the enormous human, social, economic and political costs incurred. It pays tribute to the selflessness and courage of soldiers and their families, a...