Mark Klett

Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe Exhibit at the Phoenix Museum of Art

Photographs from Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe’s series “Charting the Grand Canyon” will be exhibited at the Phoenix Museum of Art this March. The group exhibition is called “Pure Photography, Post Production and Mixed Media” and will include the work of sixteen photographers.

This exhibition illustrates different attitudes and approaches toward “pure” photography:

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, photographers’ approaches to the photographic negative (or digital capture) have varied dramatically.  For some, that initial source has a sanctity about it, so that the negative is printed “faithfully,” with little or no manipulation or cropping.  Other photographers have seen the negative as a starting point, and do extensive post-production work in the darkroom or on the computer, to produce an object that looks photographic, but reflects the artist’s hand in the resulting print.  At the other end of the spectrum are those photographers who set out to intentionally challenge the sanctity of the photographic negative or print, by gouging, cutting, tearing, painting upon, printing over, or otherwise undermining the “pure photograph.”  Featuring about 45 photographs drawn almost exclusively from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography, this exhibition will explore the complexities within each of these categories and the maker’s thoughts about how they engage with their materials. [PMA show description]

Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe at Lisa Sette Gallery

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Reconstructing the View is a collection of photographic collages and panoramas from an ongoing project on the Grand Canyon by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe. The pieces are as expansive as their subject, elegantly weaving together historical and contemporary photographs, maps and drawings. They create a visual history not only of the place but of our looking at it.

Millions of travelers have paid homage to the canyon and strove to capture some of that beauty, whether they are Ansel Adams, an anonymous snap-shooter or a 19th century lithographer. By culling these efforts into one piece, Klett and Wolfe demonstrate the equalizing effect of this singular landscape, whose contours inspire those with little in common save their awe and a powerful impulse to render its source.

The exhibit is at the Lisa Sette Gallery May 6 through June 26. The limited edition of Mark Klett: Saguaros is available in our online store. The trade edition is currently out of print.