Photography has evolved dramatically since 1970, when Andrew Szegedy-Maszak started collecting. This exhibition at the Davison Art Center highlights 35 photographs acquired in the last two decades, photographs that reveal the shift from the intimate scale of small black and white (gelatin silver) prints to immersive large-scale color digital images.
This new group of photographs includes work by 28 artists and reflects the internationalism of photography today. Adou memorializes men and women from the Yi ethnic minority in his native Sichuan Province, China. Jem Southam tracks the changes in the not-so-idyllic English landscape. George Georgiou observes the metaphorical fault line in Turkey between East and West. Philip-Lorca DiCorcia creates cinematic color and texture on a street in Mexico City. Robert Adams, Joe Deal, and Richard Misrach challenge the grand depictions of the American West. In Detroit, Curran Hatleberg conveys the ambiguity of one contemporary American scene.
Despite the shift to large-scale color images, all these artists retain connections to the earlier traditions of landscape, genre, and portrait photography. Szegedy-Maszak has said that he is excited at seeing younger artists rethink their medium and stake their own place within the expansive world of today's photography.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website