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Artwork of the Week: Untitled (Train Crossing Great Salt Lake, Utah)

Train Crossing Great Salt Lake, Utah
Victoria Sambunaris, ‘Untitled (Train Crossing Great Salt Lake, Utah),’ 2016, chronographic print, 55 x 77 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Milton A. & Gloria G. Barlow Foundation, 2021.

Happy World Photography Day! It is estimated that five billion photos are taken around the world every day. Today, we highlight just one from the MOA’s permanent collection by photographer Victoria Sambunaris. Untitled (Train crossing Great Salt Lake), Utah highlights the natural landscape, but references the ways humans interact with it as well. The long train creates a strong line, but is one of several that span the width of the photograph, and seems almost swallowed up by the sky, water, and mountains surrounding it. Additionally, the grays and browns of each carriage appear as though they were color-matched with similar hues in the land and water, further camouflaging the industrial railroad cars. Like the nineteenth-century photographers who inspired Sambunaris, she travels across the country with her equipment, photographing grand vistas.

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