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Robert Adams: The Place We Live

Travels in the summer to Germany and Scandinavia with his parents and Kerstin, finding especially memorable the new churches in and near Cologne by Rudolf Schwarz and the Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm by Erik Gunnar Asplund. Spends two weeks on the ancestral farmstead of Kerstin’s family.

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In the fall, turns to photographing the new suburban landscape along Colorado’s Front Range.

“A suggestion I’d read by Dorothea Lange was uppermost in my mind. She had called for the building of a file about ‘the life of the American people in the 1960s, with particular emphasis on urban and suburban life.’ It should, she said, ‘be concentrated on what exists and prevails.’”
—From a lecture given at the International Center of Photography, New York, 1977

Travels east with Kerstin to find an audience for his pictures of the new Western landscape. Meets John Szarkowski, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the museum subsequently buys four prints. Adams returns to work with renewed commitment.

View map used by the Adamses while traveling and photographing in northeastern Colorado.