This is Timothy O’Sullivan’s Canon of Lodore, Green River, Colorado (1872). O’Sullivan took it while a member of Clarence King’s Geological Survey of the Fortieth Parallel survey team.
On this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, I asked Robert Adams what motivated his series "From the Missouri West," a series of pictures that examines Western landscapes more or less along the path of the Missouri River toward the West, a path 19th-century explorers and settlers took.
"O’Sullivan’s pictures of canyons are among my favorites in all of Western photography," Adams said on this week’s program. "So I decided to work with that a little bit." O’Sullivan’s many fantastic pictures of Western canyons are considered by many art-loves to be his best work.
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Image: Timothy O’Sullivan, Canon of Lodore, Green River, Colorado, 1872. Collection of the Library of Congress, Washington; and Beinecke Library, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.