"Clearcut, Humbug Mountain, Clatsop County, Oregon" (1999-2003)

"Clearcut, Humbug Mountain, Clatsop County, Oregon," 1999-2003
From the series "Turning Back" Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches
© Robert Adams
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

"The importance of what’s going on in terms of clear-cutting is that there is no indication that this can go on forever. If you turn the globe you see a history of deforestation that changed societies and from which there has not been, in many cases, a complete recovery- in some cases, no recovery at all. The nub of it is that if you keep cutting (and bear in mind that the cutting now is sustained by the use of artificial herbicides and fertilizers), the soil is eroded more and more. It’s a major contributor to global warming."

- Robert Adams

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