Far Out: The West Re-Seen, Photography of Victoria Sambunaris
October 30, 2020 – May 1, 2021
Victoria Sambunaris creates large-scale photographs that document the intersections of the natural and manmade within the American landscape. Each year, Sambunaris embarks on a lengthy journey on the road, using a large format wooden field camera to document what she encounters. With her photography, Sambunaris tries to capture the way in which humans inhabit the landscape, as well as highlight the beauty of the land and human interaction with it. Combining in-depth planning and research with a laborious mode of shooting and developing—sometimes waiting days for the right conditions—Sambunaris’s photographs communicate a deeply layered sense of place.
Since 2002, Sambunaris has come to Utah numerous times to photograph the vast, complex, and beautiful terrain. This exhibition focuses on her photograph of Utah and the Western landscape. The large scale of her work simulates the actual environment, allowing minute details to materialize, subtle colors to emerge, and the viewer to feel as if they are standing in the place of the artist.
This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of the:
Marriott Daughters Foundation
Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
The Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Andrea and Patrick Lannan
James Kelly Contemporary
Image at top: Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled (Evaporation Pool) Moab, UT, 2016, Chromogenic print. © Victoria Sambunaris