Robert Adams and Critical Distance


You need not read Photography for Dummies to imagine the advice the guide might give to beginning photographers: avoid harsh light and extreme contrast, don’t waste too much of your composition with negative space, frame your images to be rid of distracting objects jutting into the frame, et cetera. If Robert Adams were to read such a beginner’s guide, he might rip it up and eat it. Adams is a rule-breaker. He ignores at least one—and sometimes all—of the above-listed instructions in every single photograph. When he does everything wrong, why does it feel so right?

The Robert Adams retrospective The Place We Live, organized by Yale, and currently on view in the Yale University Art Galleries, is reviewed by Julie Reiter in The Yale Herald. Read the full article online.
Learn more about Robert Adams on his artist page.