"Dead Palms, Partially Uprooted, Ontario, California" (1983)

"Dead Palms, Partially Uprooted, Ontario, California," 1983
Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches
© Robert Adams
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

"The nature of photography is to engage life. It’s made of life. Life is complex, and I often think photography is similarly complicated. At least it seems so to me. The early twentieth-century photographer Lewis Hine, who photographed child labor problems, said at one point that what he wanted to do was to show what was good so that we would value it, and what was bad so that we would want to change it. And in somewhat the same way that’s what I’ve always hoped to do."

- Robert Adams