This exhibition from the Museum's collections presents six artists who have created portfolios—boxes containing series of prints—that capture a sense of place.
An early and dedicated believer in the power of sequenced pictures, Paul Strand portrays a place close to his heart as well as close to home in The Garden, a tribute to his undisciplined plot of land in Orgeval, France. Paul Caponigro tackles the majestic and spiritual overtones of the ancient menhirs at Stonehenge in his portfolio of a dozen photographs from his extensive series on the subject.
Examining a different man made landmark, James Fee concentrates on Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary with delicate, spooky, suggestive images of the impressive structure. Less sublime in architecture though not in locale is the abandoned beach house in Malibu, California, that served as the inspiration for John Divola's Zuma Series. Laurie Brown presents the unpopulated moonscapes of construction sites in southern California in her portfolio Earth Edges, and Alen MacWeeney's collection of pictures of Ireland is the only portfolio in the exhibition to include portraits in evoking a feeling of place.
CuratorKatherine Ware • Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art