"Waste in a Clearcut, Clatsop County, Oregon" (1999-2003)

"Waste in a Clearcut, 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

"As we approached the bicentennial year (2004) of the Lewis and Clark expedition, I began to ask myself, "Where is the frontier? Is it to the west or the east?" Clearly, the frontier now is to the east. And I would submit that it’s just as dangerous as the western direction used to be. So it seemed to me that on the occasion of the bicentennial, the real job was to remind people that what we’re up against now is having to turn and look at our own creation and try to correct and value it so that we create the country we thought we were creating (but neglected to do) as we went west." - Robert Adams ...

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"As we approached the bicentennial year (2004) of the Lewis and Clark expedition, I began to ask myself, "Where is the frontier? Is it to the west or the east?" Clearly, the frontier now is to the east. And I would submit that it’s just as dangerous as the western direction used to be. So it seemed to me that on the occasion of the bicentennial, the real job was to remind people that what we’re up against now is having to turn and look at our own creation and try to correct and value it so that we create the country we thought we were creating (but neglected to do) as we went west."

- Robert Adams

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