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Landweber, Victor
U.S. (1943 - )
Flower Garden
1975, printed 1984
Chromogenic color (Kodak Ektaflex PCT) print
8 x 10 1/4 in. (20.3 x 26 cm) image and sheet size
Joseph and Elaine Monsen Photography Collection, gift of Joseph and Elaine Monsen and The Boeing Company
FA 97.181

Flower Garden, the title of this photograph by Victor Landweber, would more likely suggest a traditional landscape than the sterile grid of paint chips that confronts us. Landweber essentially simplifies a landscape to just one of its most basic components, the colors that compose it. In this way, he has “equated landscape with mindscape,” compiling a collection of colors and words that evoke a landscape in the mind of the viewer rather than explicitly depicting it. He thus creates a photograph in which meaning is developed subjectively, in collaboration with the viewer, pointing out a flaw in the assumption that photographs, in general, have inherent, objective meaning. -- Label copy for Material and Document: Experiments in Photography during the 1970s, November 4, 2011, to February 4, 2012.

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