By Janet Alexander– Since 2006, our good friend Andy Adams has promoting contemporary image-makers by archiving their work online at his own The Flak Photo Collection. Recently, Jan Howard, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, took notice of Andy’s impressive collection, and invited him to produce a projection of 21st century landscapes to complement her exhibition, America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now.

Andy Adams

Andy’s resulting eighteen-minute video, Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views, “explor[es] current ideas about photographing landscape and the tradition of picturing place,” and it’s currently screening at the RISD until January 13. By extending a public call on the internet for “photographs depicting landscape in the United States since 2000,” Andy garnered more than 5,000 images in order to crowd-source a visual definition of photographic landscape as it presently exists. Andy says of his work, “This survey is by no means exhaustive, but it does signal the beginning of a fertile new era in the ever-evolving landscape photo tradition.” This exhibit is available to view online as well, so you haven no excuse for missing out on this extensive, historical survey of American landscape photography. Enjoy some selects from America in View below

Brian Ulrich, Pep Boys


Todd Hido, 6097

Corey Arnold, Slack Water

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