Buildings in Colorado, 1964-1980
For Robert Adams, the buildings of Colorado—his home for more than 35 years—have been among the most prominent subjects of his diverse body of work. As early as 1964 he began to photograph the state’s indigenous architecture, in particular the religious structures erected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Hispanic and other, mostly immigrant, settlers. He viewed them with passionate regard, and with the belief that buildings, like art, can embody a culture’s aspirations and values.
Following a pivotal trip to Europe in 1968, Adams turned his attention decisively to Colorado’s new architecture. Although he decried the tract homes, highway overpasses, and other graceless examples of suburban infrastructure that were proliferating in the landscapes around Colorado Springs and Denver, he also knew he needed to “see the whole geography, natural and man-made, to experience a peace”—a peace exquisitely reconciled in his pictures through light and form.
By Joshua Chuang
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