This is the second in the series of permanent collection installations outlining the histories of photography from six perspectives: who, what, where, when, why, and how.
From the beginnings of the medium in the 19th century, photography has been used to document, describe, and claim the planet. Photographers were a vital part of any expeditionary force and the visual strategies they employed remain relevant today – though the reasons for their use have greatly changed. WHERE? includes images by 19th-century American William Henry Jackson, famed MoMA curator Edward Steichen, modernist Brett Weston, earthworks artist Robert Smithson, and Californian John Divola, among many others, and will provide a concise visual history of photography’s role in defining the many environments we call home.
Organized by the Norton Museum of Art. Support for this exhibition was provided by the William and Sarah Ross Soter Photography Fund.