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Robert Adams: Summer Nights

Robert Adams’s recent photographs “Summer Nights” will be on exhibit at Fraenkel Gallery, 55 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, from April 3 to May 11, 1985.

“What attracted me to the subjects at a new hour was the discovery then of a neglected peace…when…on summer nights…the sounds outside, after we call in children and close garage doors, are small –the whir of moths, the snap of a stick…” –Robert Adams, 1985

The is the first exhibition of Robert Adams’s “Summer Nights” series which is to be published by Aperture in September 1985. The intimate black and white photographs made at night in suburban and rural Colorado are not pictures that reveal their meaning to the casual viewer. Adams’s photographs force one to pay attention to small details, to focus on the subtle beauty of the urban environment and to almost hear the stillness of a summer night. We are asked to look with a fresh vision at that which is common –the quiet suburban street, the house with a single light, the lamp post in a field, the pick-up truck, and the ferris wheel glowing in the heat of early evening. Like a poem, Adams’s sequence of photographs brings new and unusual meaning to the world around us.