Mario Giacomelli: Figure|Ground
Born into poverty and self-taught as a photographer, Mario Giacomelli (1925–2000) lived his entire life in Senigallia, along Italy's Adriatic coast. Soon after purchasing his first camera in 1953, he began creating humanistic portrayals of people in their natural environments and dramatic abstractions of the landscapes. Rendered in high contrast black and white, his photographs are often gritty and raw, but always intensely personal. Curated by Virginia Heckert.
The Expanded Landscape
The contemporary photographers in this exhibition create large-scale works that expand our understanding of what landscape photography can be. Like Mario Giacomelli, whose work is on view in the concurrent exhibition Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground, they favor graphically abstract compositions, elevated vantage points that eliminate the horizon, experimental techniques, or personal relationships with a specific landscape. Among the photographers featured are Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Hai Bo, Susan Derges, and Richard Misrach.