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Robert Adams

1969, printed c. 1970

Not on view

1969, printed c. 1970


Gelatin silver print mounted on paperboard

Mount: 13 × 11in. (33 × 27.9 cm) Overall: 5 7/8 × 5 15/16in. (14.9 × 15.1 cm)

Accession number

The New West

Credit line
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee

Rights and reproductions
© Robert Adams
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco & Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

With Motel, Robert Adams achieves what he once described as “that perfectly balanced frame where everything fits.” Adams has captured the Colorado Springs motel in such a way that the building forms a precise horizontal bar across the photograph, while the tail ends of unmistakably American-made automobiles edge into the foreground, and a distant mountain range fades into the silvery mist. The contrast between the majestic grandeur of the mountains and the banality of the motel and cars—those familiar icons of American suburbia—is presented neutrally; the natural and the manmade simply coexist.   



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