More post-birthday acquisitions, and these were a long time coming. A little more Western than my other fringed treasures, but I can dig it—especially since I was reminded of one of my favorite photography collections ever this morning, Into The Sunset. I’ve been in a Western, frontier mood.
I saw the collection at MoMA last year and fell in love. Images of the West, past and present, its curious characters, some tinged with sadness. I felt totally transported—or maybe that was the Spanish wine from lunch.
Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West examines how photography has pictured the idea of the American West from 1850 to the present. Photography’s development coincided with the exploration and the settlement of the West, and their simultaneous rise resulted in a complex association that has shaped the perception of the West’s physical and social landscape to this day… Into the Sunset brings together over 120 photographs made by a variety of photographers. These works illustrate photography’s role in popularizing ideas of the sublime landscape, Manifest Destiny, and the “land of opportunity,” as well as describing a more complex vision of the West, one that addresses cultural dislocation, environmental devastation, and failed social aspirations.
[Pick up the book here.]
It’s also when I discovered one of my favorite photographers, who died 6 months later—Larry Sultan. I lingered a little too long on his curious photograph of a few adult film actors relaxing between takes. Nothing explicit, just… curious. And again, sad.
And now a trip down memory lane… to when we had a really terrible camera:
[In the MoMA Cafe.]
This afternoon Rob was bringing me a turkey sandwich at work. I walked outside to meet him at the car, and he handed it to me through the window. As I was walking back up to the office, he rolled down the window: “Hey, hun—do a front snap.” I high kicked my boot into the air and he drove away laughing.
If you’re going to wear fringed boots, I mean—what else are they good for but front snap high kicks? Let’s be serious.
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