New York

Frank Gohlke

Daniel Wolf

Working now in color, Frank Gohlke continues to pursue the classic Modernist style of photography, based on the medium’s descriptive abilities, for which he is best known. Here he showed mostly landscapes, taken in rural Mississippi and Tennessee as well as in the Auvergne and Burgundy regions of France. One of the great strengths of this particular branch of photographic Modernist style, which involves the use of clear lighting, simple compositions, and great detail, and which is perhaps best exemplified by Walker Evans’ work, is its ability to encompass a vast range of seemingly mundane aspects of the world. The implicit assumption behind much of this kind of work is that anything can make for an interesting photograph, without the need to manipulate the picture in the darkroom or to use what are considered nonphotographic means. Instead this kind of photography relies on “the photographer’s

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