The Pitiless Light of Noon

I recently read the book “Reframing the New Topographics” , a collection of contemporary essays about the landmark 1975 exhibition “New Topographics”. Greg Foster-Rice’s essay “Systems Everywhere” has a line that I keep thinking about: “Baltz described [Robert] Adams’s photographs as bearing ‘the relentless light of perpetual noon,’ while Tod Papgeorge has described it as ‘pitiless light, virtually combusting in the thin Colorado air.’ ” (p.62)

With apologies to both Baltz and Papageorge, I’ve been thinking about the possibilities of working with ‘the pitiless light of noon.’




About John King

I live in Newfoundland and I like to play outside.
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