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Four views from four times and one shoreline, Lake Tenaya,  2002, Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe.
Four views from four times and one shoreline, Lake Tenaya, 2002, Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe.

Time Studies: Photographs By Mark Klett

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Mark Klett has been photographing the American West for about 30 years. Klett is a 1974 graduate of St. Lawrence University. He was a geology major, so he approaches his work as an artist, and a scientist. In the late 70s, he directed the Rephotographic Survey Project. He and his team revisited and rephotographed places first captured during surveys of the West in the late 19th century.
Last year, he published "Yosemite in Time" with photographer Byron Wolfe and writer Rebecca Solnit. They photographed some of these iconic landscapes yet again. They wanted to understand how well-known photographs have guided our interpretations of the land, and the concept of wilderness. They were thinking about time, too, and wondered how they might visualize the relationship between change and time. Some of their panoramas are now up at St. Lawrence University. The show is called Time Studies. It also includes images exposed over periods ranging from 10 minutes to two days.
The panoramas incorporate classic and historic photographs . They stretch out the view, the space, and the time. You see a 19th century image, stitched to a series of Klett's and Wolfe's frames, overlaid with one of Ansel Adams' famous photographs of Yosemite. Collage-like.
Martha Foley met with Mark Klett in the gallery. She asked him why just taking "retty" pictures isn't enough:

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