Robert Adams

from Robert Adams, 'What Can We Believe Where?'

I have spent many years looking at and reading Robert Adams’ photographs and writing. His collections of essays in ‘Beauty in Photography‘ and ‘Why People Photograph‘ cover the most important aspects of photography that make it a distinct expressive and analytic tool, but always bring us back to Adams’ primary interest: place and the land scape (I use these words separately with intent). Recently, I began to look more closely than ever at his work. The collection of images in a new book, called ‘What Can We Believe Where?‘ brought me to reading his work as a fusion of physical and memory-formed space; form and time (and here I speak of form as event-structure and text-in-image, and time as rendered by light and defined by space) meld into immaculate tonal poems. Adams has had a quiet but profound influence on the nature of what I consider to be serious photographic work these past few decades. Take a look at this interview and the other resources on the jump-off page.

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