Color Landscape Photography from the Permanent Collection
November 19 through January 15, 2012
Almost since its inception around 1839, when the English inventor William Henry Fox Talbot first fixed an image created by light on a photosensitive surface, photography has struggled for recognition as a form of fine art on par with painting, sculpture, prints, and drawings. The first major exhibition of fine art photography in an American art museum did not occur until 1976, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York displayed the work of Tennessee native William Eggleston and published William Eggleston’s Guide. Ironically, Eggleston’s photographs were all in color, although color photography had only been practiced since about 1900 and had fought its own battle for recognition by critics and collectors.
One of Eggleston’s prints from 1984 is in this exhibition, along with images by Daniel Farber, Jim Frazer, Jerry Siegel, and Beth Maynor Young, artists who use a variety of cameras and color printing techniques to capture aspects of the landscape and to express themselves through those photographs. Despite the myriad differences in techniques and equipment used to fix these images on paper, and their diverse visions, these photographers share a fascination with the worlds around them and a desire to create expressive imagery—a fascination and desire that they share with all artists.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Beth Maynor Young (American, born 1951), Misty Morning, Cahaba River, 2003 (detail), digital inkjet print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2008.11.1-2