Photography: From the Sublime to Graffiti

The camera charts changing views of a changing U.S. landscape

"American Landscapes," an exhibition of photographs at the Musemum of Modern Art in New York City, was mounted as a summer show, meaning a small one; and its contents—55 images of American nature, ranging in time from the 1860s to the 1970s, and in place from the redwood forests of California to the roadside strip of Rochester, N.Y.—are all drawn from the museum's own collection and put together by its curator, John Szarkowski. But its subject is a crucially important one in American visual...

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