Norton Museum of Art - West Palm Beach
By Denise Colson
“Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades” presents a unique look at the pictures that have formed our understanding of one of the most contested and unique environments on the planet. Unlike every other region of the U.S., however, this region was never systematically imaged until the 20th century.
The exhibition, organized by Tim B. Wride, the Norton’s curator of photography, features more than 200 images, including early maps, postcards, Audubon prints and works by celebrated photographers Walker Evans, Marian Post Wolcott, Eliot Porter, James Balog and Clyde Butcher, who ventured into Florida’s wilderness over the years. These images provide context for the work of the five photographers the Norton Museum commissioned to add contemporary points of view to this visual history of the Everglades. The participating photographers are Amsterdam-based Bert Teunissen; American photographer and artist Gerald Slota; Korean-American Jungjin Lee; and Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg working in collaboration with Jordan Stein. All were asked to discover this ecosystem on their own terms, with their distinctive visual vocabularies.
By juxtaposing historic and contemporary components, “Imaging Eden” depicts a clearer portrait of what is still a mystery to most, and, ultimately, provides fertile ground for future conversations about one of the most unique landscapes in the world. Through July 12, 2015.
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