Robert Adams: Perfect Times, Perfect Places

Robert Adams, through his many books and exhibitions, is widely acknowledged as perhaps the most influential photographer of the landscape working today.  Adams is a describer: his work is objective, spare and informational.  Social issues involving ecology, urban chaos, and the quality of the human environment are central to his work, but he provides no answers — only the data about what is actually happening and the implication underneath it is a final beauty.  Perfect Times, Perfect Places is his most optimistic body of work to date.  It is primarily a photo essay about the prairie, about landscape, and about sharing an affection for it with wife Kerstin and terrier Sally.  In somber and serene black and white photographs, Adams spells out the importance of preserving our open spaces and the simple pleasure of walking the land.

Robert Adams has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and two Photographer’s Fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts.  His work appears in numerous books and monographs including: The New West, Denver, From The Missouri West, and Summer Nights.  His work will be the subject of a major retrospective organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, opening February of 1989.