|What Can We Believe Where?, Photographs by Robert Adams. |
Published by Yale University Press, 2010.
Reviewed by Tom Leininger
Robert Adams What Can We Believe Where?
Photographs by Robert Adams, with an afterword by Joshua Chuang and Jock Reynolds.
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2010. Softcover. 120 pp., 110 tritone illustrations, 7x9-3/4".
Robert Adams is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th Century. He is prolific with both the image and written word. What Can We Believe Where? brings together his best known works of the last 40 years into one book. It is more than just a best of collection. This is Adams on Adams, he selected the images for the book himself from the holdings at Yale University.
Adams also helps the reader understand the artistic framework from which he has worked for so long. In the forward, Adams writes of the three questions he asks himself when photographing: "What does our geography compel us to believe? What does it allow us to believe? And what obligations, if any, follow from our beliefs?" These questions are both a challenge and guide to the reader.
Tom Leininger is a photographer and educator based in Denton, Texas. He received his MFA in photography from the University of North Texas. Prior to that he was a newspaper photographer in Indiana. His work can be found at http://tomleininger.net.