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Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography examines images from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a historical moment when once remote wildernesses were first surveyed, catalogued, photographed, and developed on both sides of the Atlantic. The exhibition demonstrates how photographers in the two countries provided new ways of seeing the effects of mapping and exploration: infrastructure changes, the exploitation of natural resources, and the influx of tourism. As tourists and immigrants entered “new” lands—seemingly unsettled areas that had long been inhabited and utilized by Indigenous people in both countries—they “discovered” beautifully remote landscapes across the west and toward the north. [excerpt]
Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College
photography, Norway, American west, tourism
Egan, Shannon and Fjellestad, Marthe Tolnes, "Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography" (2021). Schmucker Art Catalogs. 39.