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Cindy Bernard

Richard Kuhlenschmidt

Cindy Bernard’s latest series of photographs, collectively entitled “Ask the Dust,” focuses on the cinematic mediation of the American landscape. Bernard has chosen one film from each year between 1954 and 1974 in which the landscape plays an important contextual, political, or allegorical role. Using production notes or information provided by each film’s director or unit production manager, Bernard has returned to the original film locations and photographed the landscape in accordance with the exact mise-en-scène and aspect ratio of the original movie. Thus Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, 1958, is represented by a view of a foggy Golden Gate Bridge taken from the Presidio, the location of Madeleine’s (Kim Novak’s) attempted suicide and Scottie’s (James Stewart’s) subsequent rescue. Similarly, Chinatown, 1974,is reduced to that dried-up section of the Los Angeles River where Jake Gittes (

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