John Pfahl in Arcadia, Part Four

Arcadia Electrified John Pfahl at Niagara Falls In 1881, the artist George Inness, famous for the Lackawanna Valley painting of a train uncoiling from a roundhouse and making its way into the frontiers of Pennsylvania, visited a more natural site, or so he assumed....

John Pfahl in Arcadia, Part One

Poussin and the Photographer Death in Paradise–a terrifying thought. Surely there must be places from which death is banished. But one of the most famous paintings hanging in the Louvre is about shepherds, a cast shadow, and the presence of death in the pastoral...

John Phafl: Measuring Nature

Perspective as Photography One of the paradoxes of the discovery of perspective during the early Renaissance was the fact that landscape painting played so small a part in this new “science.” Today, art students are taught to use perspective to measure the...

Peter Goin: American Wastelands

The Deterritoriality of the West Peter Goin and the Photographic Caption In 1960 famed photographer Ansel Adams returned to one of his favorite sites in Yosemite, the Half Dome and waited for the moon to rise in the late winter afternoon. The towering half-mountain...

Jazz Age Skyscrapers

Raymond Mathewson Hood (1881-1934) The Radiator Building (1924) Alone among a gathering of preening male artists commandeered by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, to represent American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe began painting the most phallic of topics, the New...

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