Robert Adams  (American, 1937) 

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Robert Adams (American, b.1937) is a photographer best known for documenting both the beauty and commercialization of the American West. Born in Orange, New Jersey, he grew up in Colorado and earned a PhD in English from the University of Southern California. While Adams was teaching English at Colorado College, he began taking pictures of nature and architecture with a 35 mm reflex camera, and learned photographic technique from the professional photographer Myron Wood (American, b.1921). His earliest series The New West (1968–1971) depicts the uniform housing tracts that were part of suburban development in Colorado. The series Los Angeles Spring (1978–1983) focuses on the remains of citrus estates, which were transformed into housing developments during the 1950s. Although Adams seems to criticize the degradation of the natural landscape, he emphasizes that his work is primarily a study of light. The series of nocturnal landscapes Summer Nights Walking (1976–1982) depicts sidewalks, trees, and fields lit by moonlight and street lamps. In all of his work, Adams challenges romanticized and idealized landscape photography, and seeks to create a new vision of landscape that encompasses untouched nature and human presence. Adams received a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 1973 and 1980, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1994, and the Hasselblad Award in 2009. His work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He lives and works in Astoria, Oregon.

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Robert Adams, North Beach Peninsula, Pacific County, Washington

 

Robert Adams
North Beach Peninsula, Pacific County, Washington
2008

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Robert Adams, South of Longmont, Colorado

 

Robert Adams
South of Longmont, Colorado
1986

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Robert Adams, Sitka spruce, Cape Blanco State Park, Curry County, Oregon

 

Robert Adams
Sitka spruce, Cape Blanco State Park, Curry County, Oregon
2002

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Robert Adams, New housing. North Denver, Colorado

 

Robert Adams
New housing. North Denver, Colorado
1973

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Robert Adams, South Jetty, Clatsop County, Oregon

 

Robert Adams
South Jetty, Clatsop County, Oregon
1992

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Robert Adams, Stoneham, Colorado

 

Robert Adams
Stoneham, Colorado
1966

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Robert Adams, Sand Creek near Denver, Colorado

 

Robert Adams
Sand Creek near Denver, Colorado
1985-1987

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Robert Adams, Southwest from the South Jetty, Clatsop County, Oregon

 

Robert Adams
Southwest from the South Jetty, Clatsop County, Oregon
1991

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Robert Adams, Storm over the Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado

 

Robert Adams
Storm over the Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado
1984

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Robert Adams, Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado

 

Robert Adams
Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado, 1984
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Robert Adams, Firebreak above East Highlands, California

 

Robert Adams
Firebreak above East Highlands, California, 1982
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Robert Adams, Denver, Colorado

 

Robert Adams
Denver, Colorado, 1973
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  National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  Guggenheim Fellowship
  National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  Charles Pratt Memorial Award
  Guggenheim Fellowship
  Colorado Governor's Award in the Arts
  Born in Orange, NJ
  Spectrum International Prize for Photography
  John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award
2007   DIE ELBE [in] between - Wasser, Strome, Zeiten, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg - Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg
2007   Landscapes of Colorado, Center for Visual Art (CVA), Denver, CO
2007   SECOND VIEW- Amerikanische Fotografie, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg - Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg
2007   On the Wall, Aperture Gallery, New York City, NY
2006   Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels (solo)
2005   Turning Back, SFMOMA, SF
2005   Turning Back, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2003   Commerical, Residential, Roth Horowitz, NY
2003   No Small Journeys, Matthew Marks Gallery
2002   What We Bought, The New World, Yale University Art Gallery
2001   National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
2001   Robert Adams: Places – People, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover MA
2001   Reinventing the West, Reed College, Portland, OR
2001   True West, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
2000   California, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000   California, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
2000   Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels
1998   To the Mouth of the Columbia, The Art Museum, Princeton University, NJ
1997   Documenta X, Kassel, Germany
1997   Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
1997   Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco, CA
1996   Our Lives and Our Children, Musee d'Arte Moderne de St. Etienne St. Etienne, France
1996   Perpetual Mirage, Whitney Museum of American Art NY
1996   Crossing the Frontier, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
1995   West from the Columbia, Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco, CA
1995   What We Brought: The New World, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
1994   Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco, CA
1993   At the End of the Columbia River, Denver Art Museum Denver
1993   Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
1993   Critical Landscapes, Tokyo Metropolitain Museum of Photography Japan
1993   National Gallery of Canada (cat.) Ottawa
1991   Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, Museum of Modern Art NY
1991   The Kiss of the Apollo (cat.), Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco
1991   , Photo Gallery International Tokyo, Japan
1990   The Indomitable Spirit (cat.), International Center for Photography NY
1989   On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of Photography (traveling, cat.), National Gallery of Art Washington, DC
1989   Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, PA
1987   Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco, CA