Robert Adams: Balancing Tenderness and Despair

‘If we come across innocence, beauty, caring, joy, or courage, even in lost places, are we not obliged to acknowledge them in defiance of ironists?” Not many artists today would dare to utter such nakedly heartfelt sentiments in public. Perhaps only Robert Adams, who wrote these words to accompany a lambent group of pictures he took of parents and children in the parking lots of a Denver shopping mall in the late 1970s and early ’80s, could get away with them.—by Richard Woodward

From the August 22, 2012 article in The Wall Street Journal.
Learn more about Robert Adams on his artist page.