Yale University Art Gallery
Robert Adams: The Place We Live

Are there affirmable days or places in our deteriorating world? Are there scenes in life, right now, for which we might conceivably be thankful? Is there a basis for joy or serenity, even if felt only occasionally? Are there grounds now and then for an unironic smile?


For over four decades Robert Adams has photographed the changing landscape of the American West, finding there a fragile beauty that endures despite our troubled relationship with nature, and with ourselves. His photographs are distinguished not only by their economy and lucidity, but also by their mixture of grief and hope.

This site provides an introduction to Adams’s body of work, which can be further explored through his books, a touring retrospective exhibition, and the master sets of the photographer’s work held at the Yale University Art Gallery.

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