New York

“‘I Shall Save One Land Unvisited’: Eleven Southern Photographers”

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

The main thing that “‘I shall Save One Land Unvisited’” had over the shows at Wolf and Prakapas was that there were half a dozen to a dozen images by each of the 11 photographers included. It may be that I liked this show better not because the photographers in it were better, but simply because there were enough pictures by each to let me make a judgment. I know that I don’t like the photographs by John Menapace, around whom this show was organized, but I am moved by some of the other imagery in the show. Menapace’s photographs are a tribute to a dead son—the show’s title is a line spoken by a father mourning a son in Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel—and they inspired Professor Ray Kass at Virginia Polytechnic Institute to enlist the aid of poet-publisher Jonathan Williams in finding ten more Southern photographers to include in a show. Ironically, Menapace’s pictures were among the

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