Kudzu and Road, Hale County, Alabama

Ansel Adams
Maroon Bells, near Aspen, Colorado, from Portfolio VI
gelatin silver print
Museum purchase, 1974/1.127

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The Infinite Landscape: Master Photographers from the UMMA Collection

September 20, 2008–January 4, 2009

In anticipation of UMMA’s reopening in early 2009, this exhibition will present some of the most compelling landscape images from the Museum’s own renowned collection. Since the dawn of photography, practitioners have used the medium as a tool to make sense of our surroundings and create meaning within the larger world. From a selection of classic views by such artists as Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, and William Henry Fox Talbot to the contemporary sublime of Michael Kenna, these images reflect 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists responding to the natural environment. Among the other photographers included are Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, William Jackson, Andre Kertesz, Josef Sudek, and Minor White. The exhibition will also showcase several new acquisitions on view for the first time by Edward Curtis, Peter Henry Emerson, Karl Struss, and Edward Steichen.